This piece is taken from the movie OUT OF THE ASHES. A true story of Dr. Gisella Perl who survived the Holocaust. (To view full scene click on video titled OUT OF THE ASHES).
Gisella Perl was a Jewish gynecologist from Northern Transylvania (the territory annexed by Hungary in 1940). In the Spring of 1944, she and her family were deported to Auschwitz, where she lost all family members. German administration assigned her to work as a doctor at the camp.
She is most famous, however, for saving lives of hundreds of women by performing abortions. Otherwise, the pregnant female prisoners would face brutal treatment or medical experiments, and even death.
After Auschwitz, she was transferred to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. After liberation, she tried to poison herself, she survived and was sent to a convent in France for recuperation. She stayed in France until 1947.
In March 1947, she arrived in New York.
She went through a typical interrogation process upon suspicion of collaboration as doctor in Auschwitz.
Her past was cleared and she was granted American citizenship in 1951.
Her biography of what she went through during the Holocaust is AWESOME and I highly encourage making some time to read it: "I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz" by Dr. Gisella Perl.
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