Benjamin Kuntz

Lucie Adelsberger

Doctor - Scientist - Chronicler of Auschwitz

Language: English
110 pages, softcover
25 illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-95565-458-0
Publication date: 2021
9.90 €

Jüdische Miniaturen Bd. 265A

Lucie Adelsberger (1895–1971) was a specialist in pediatrics and internal medicine. At her own practice in Berlin, she mainly treated patients with allergic diseases. From 1927 to 1933 she worked at the Robert Koch Institute in their newly established a center for monitoring hypersensitivity reactions. Then her permit for financial reimbursement from the health insurance companies and her license to practice medicine were terminated by the Nazis. Although she had been offered a job at the medical faculty of Harvard University, she stayed in Germany to take care of her sick mother and to continue treating her patients. In May 1943 she was deported to Auschwitz, where she was forced to work as a prisoner’s doctor in the “Gypsy and women’s camp” of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Shortly before the war ended, she was liberated from an external camp of Ravensbrück concentration camp. In 1946, Lucie Adelsberger emigrated to the USA, settling in New York, where she lived and worked as a doctor and carried out cancer research. Her memoirs, which describe her time in Auschwitz, are a moving document of the Holocaust.

Benjamin Kuntz

studierte Gesundheitswissenschaften an der Universität Bielefeld, wo er 2014 zum „Doctor of Public Health“ promoviert wurde. Seit 2011 arbeitet er am Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) in Berlin, seit 2023 als Leiter des Museums im RKI. Von 2020 bis 2022 war er zudem wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Geschichte der Medizin und Ethik in der Medizin an der Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, zuletzt als Leiter der Geschäftsstelle des „GeDenkOrt. Charité – Wissenschaft in Verantwortung“. 

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