The new issue of BU’s Bostonia has a piece on research into the jewish medical workers during the Holocaust:
Among the Jews who survived the Nazi horror of Auschwitz was Gisella Perl, a gynecologist born in Transylvania in 1905. In interviews and in an unsparing memoir, Perl described her efforts to care for her fellow inmates when pregnancy among Jews was punishable by death. The doctor knew that at the Third Reich’s largest and most notorious concentration camp, the systematic execution of pregnant women was often preceded by grisly torture. To save lives, Perl, who the Jerusalem Post dubbed “the Angel of Auschwitz,” made choices that haunted her until her death in 1988, at 83.
Perl’s is one of 40 first-person accounts written by Jewish medical workers in concentration camps and ghettos and collected so far in an anthology-in-progress by Michael Grodin, a School of Public Health professor of health law, bioethics, and human rights.