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Courage under siege : starvation, disease, and death in the Warsaw ghetto

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Courage under siege : starvation, disease, and death in the Warsaw ghetto
Call No: 943.8053 R74c

Call Number943.8053 R74c
Dates1992; ©1992
Statement of ResponsibilityCharles G. Roland.
Creators & ContributorsRoland, Charles G. (author)
Summary"The story of the Warsaw ghetto is one of the most tragic episodes in the Second World War. Using a so-called 'threat of typhus' as their 'scientific' justification for quarantine, the Nazis crammed almost a half million Jews into a small quarter of the city, depriving them of food, clean water, adequate sanitation, and medical supplies. For three years, from 1940 to 1943, the ghetto inhabitants were packed seven or more to a room, struggling incessantly against starvation, disease, and death. Of the 400, 000 Jews in Warsaw before the war, only a few thousand survived. In Courage Under Siege, Charles Roland, a physician and historian, provides the first history of the medical disaster that took place in the Warsaw ghetto, offering a compassionate account of the tragic struggle for life and, in particular, of the heroic efforts of the ghetto's doctors, nurses, and social organizations who provided relief in the face of overwhelming odds. He portrays the nightmarish conditions of the hospitals where operations continued without electricity, gas, running water or sewage systems, where corpses lined the corridors, and where beds contained as many as three patients at a time. He describes the ingenuity and humanity of doctors and hospital workers who continued to provide medical services while they themselves were starving and facing the same destiny as the rest of the ghetto inhabitants." —Book jacket
  1. Medical conditions and the Jewish medical profession in Poland before World War II
  2. Nazi rule comes to Poland
  3. Life and conditions in the Warsaw ghetto
  4. Structure of the medical system in the ghetto
  5. Hospitals and other medical institutions
  6. Nutrition, malnutrition, and starvation
  7. Typhus, the terror of the ghetto
  8. Tuberculosis and other diseases in Jewish Warsaw
  9. The children of the ghetto
  10. Education in the ghetto
  11. Surviving the catastrophe
  12. Statistics of morbidity and mortality in the Warsaw ghetto
  13. Conclusions
Physical Description viii, 310 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherNew York : Oxford University Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 289–298) and index
RecognitionGifted in 1994 by Ivan & Laurie Gasoi and family