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Exhibition tells about work of Leningrad doctors in Auschwitz when it was freed

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After the Nazi concentration camp was liberated, Leningrad doctors organized there a hospital for the prisoners who could not be repatriated for medical reasons.

An exhibition dedicated to doctors who were saving the prisoners of Auschwitz when they were liberated has opened in the Military Medical Museum in St. Petersburg. 

Leningrad doctors organized a hospital for the prisoners who could not be repatriated for medical reasons. There were 700 of such patients. The hospital was functioning during April-June 1945.

Doctor Margarita Zhilinskaya who was head of the hospital gave the Military Medical Museum documents and pictures of the hospital in the 1960s.

‘This is a unique historic document. It contains the names, the nationality, and the diagnoses of the patients. Here are medical records of one of the patients, who, unfortunately, died, despite all the efforts of the doctors,’ Anna Volkovich, senior researcher of the Museum, tells.

The most frequent diagnoses among the former prisoners of Auschwitz were tuberculosis and bowel disorders. The exhibition also showcases photos and a thank you letter from the former prisoners to the doctors.

Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel

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