A Physi­cian Under the Nazis: Mem­oirs of Hen­ry Glenwick

Hen­ry Glen­wick; David Glen­wick, ed.; Thane Rosen­baum, fwd.
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By – November 1, 2011
Glenwick’s mem­oir focus­es on his expe­ri­ences as a physi­cian in Russ­ian-occu­pied Ukraine after the out­break of World War II until the Ger­mans took over. With help, he then smug­gled him­self back to War­saw to be with his fam­i­ly in the ghet­to, became reg­is­tered to prac­tice med­i­cine and worked in the hos­pi­tal, amid all the sur­round­ing hor­ror and con­fu­sion of the ghet­to, until he too was marched to the camp where selec­tion was tak­ing place. Luck­i­ly he was sent to Budzyn, a labor camp where he met five oth­er physi­cians from War­saw and two Ger­man Jew­ish physi­cians. The Ger­man offi­cers employed them all in a clin­ic with decent liv­ing accom­mo­da­tions. From there, he was trans­ferred to a series of oth­er camps until lib­er­a­tion, a DP camp, and even­tu­al immi­gra­tion to the Unit­ed States. The book would have ben­e­fit­ed from sto­ries about how the doc­tors helped some of the pris­on­ers survive.
Mar­cia W. Pos­ner, Ph.D., of the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau Coun­ty, is the library and pro­gram direc­tor. An author and play­wright her­self, she loves review­ing for JBW and read­ing all the oth­er reviews and arti­cles in this mar­velous periodical.

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