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2014.1.469

Object Name

Print, Photographic

Date

4-10-1946

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Front: Black and white photograph of a smiling woman holding three infants.

Back: Pasted news release from ACME.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Gisella Pearl (1907-1988) was a Romanian Jewish gynecologist who was deported along with her family to Auschwitz, where she lost her husband, son, and parents. She worked as a doctor within the camp, helping the inmates through their disease and discomfort, which she had to do without bare necessities like antiseptic and clean water. She is most famous, however, for saving the lives of hundreds of mothers by aborting their pregnancies, as pregnant mothers were often beaten and killed, or used by Mengele for vivisections.

She was eventually granted U.S. citizenship in 1951, but not before being interrogated under suspicion of human rights abuses in assisting Nazi doctors in Auschwitz. Ultimately vindicated, Dr. Pearl began work as a gynecologist in New York, where she delivered around 3,000 babies and became an expert in infertility treatment.

Dimensions

7 3/4 x 6"

Keywords

Romania, Auschwitz, doctor, abortion

Gisella Pearl

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