History of Medicine

Managing Pregnancy in Nazi Concentration Camps: The Role of Two Jewish Doctors

George M. Weisz and Konrad Kwiet


Despite daunting circumstances, history is full of stories of men and women incarcerated by the Nazis, who risked their lives to save others. In some cases, the moral dilemma faced by these people presented an unquestionable challenge—particularly for those in the medical profession who had taken an oath to save life. This paper presents the dramatic stories of Dr. Gisella Perl and Dr. Erno Vadasz. Although their choices were markedly different, their goals were the same—to save as many lives as possible.

Rambam Maimonides Med J 2018;9(3):e0026