The Impossible Medical School: Warsaw Ghetto '43

By Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (other events)

Sunday, February 23 2020 4:00 PM 5:30 PM

Under the most extreme and dangerous conditions imaginable, physicians created a clandestine medical school within the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto. Dr. Leo Gordon will describe the rationale behind this effort, the individuals who participated, and the environment surrounding this daring attempt at medical education.

This largely unknown piece of Holocaust history is a story of educational risk, brave students and teachers, courage under siege, and medical resistance.

Leo A. Gordon, MD has served as Associate Director of Surgical Education and Medical Consultant to the Historical Conservancy of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He participated in the development of the medical center’s mural, Jewish Contributions to Medicine, as well as the display, The History of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Gordon is a forty-year member of the surgical staff. He currently serves as Senior Consultant in Clinical Surgery at the Surgery Group of Los Angeles, a multi-specialty surgical group on the campus of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.