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Title: The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis
Author: Arthur Allen
Publication Date: July 21, 2014
Page Count: 400
Summary via Goodreads
Few diseases are more
gruesome than typhus. Transmitted by body lice, it afflicts the
dispossessed refugees, soldiers, and ghettoized peoples causing
hallucinations, terrible headaches, boiling fever, and often death. The
disease plagued the German army on the Eastern Front and left the Reich
desperate for a vaccine. For this they turned to the brilliant and
eccentric Polish zoologist Rudolf Weigl. In the 1920s, Weigl had created
the first typhus vaccine using a method as bold as it was dangerous for
its use of living human subjects. The astonishing success of Weigl s
techniques attracted the attention and admiration of the world giving
him cover during the Nazi s violent occupation of Lviv. His lab soon
flourished as a hotbed of resistance. Weigl hired otherwise doomed
mathematicians, writers, doctors, and other thinkers, protecting them
from atrocity. The team engaged in a sabotage campaign by sending
illegal doses of the vaccine into the Polish ghettos while shipping
gallons of the weakened serum to the Wehrmacht.
scientists saved by Weigl, who was a Christian, was a gifted Jewish
immunologist named Ludwik Fleck. Condemned to Buchenwald and pressured
to re-create the typhus vaccine under the direction of a sadistic Nazi
doctor, Erwin Ding-Schuler, Fleck had to make an awful choice between
his scientific ideals or the truth of his conscience. In risking his
life to carry out a dramatic subterfuge to vaccinate the camp s most
endangered prisoners, Fleck performed an act of great heroism.
on extensive research and interviews with survivors, Arthur Allen tells
the harrowing story of two brave scientists a Christian and a Jew who
put their expertise to the best possible use, at the highest personal
I know it's a long description, but it just sounds so freakin' awesome! I love all things World War II (memoir, fiction, non-fiction, science, etc); it's all so intriguing to me.
What are you looking forward to?