Letter from John R. Marrack, London Hospital, Hale Clinical Laboratory to Michael Heidelberger
This letter offers a vivid expression of the dangers faced by Jewish scientists in German-occupied parts of Europe, including
France, during World War II, as well as of the support other scientists tried to provide to their Jewish colleagues.
Item is handwritten.
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1940-06-21 (June 21, 1940)
Marrack, John R.
London Hospital. Hale Clinical Laboratory
Reproduced with permission of the Royal London Hospital Archives.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
World War II
Antigens and Antibodies: Heidelberger and The Rise of Quantitative Immunochemistry, 1928-1954
Helga Hollering, who was collaborating with me here in 1938, with her husband Peter Hanas[?] and baby, were until recently
in Lyons, which is now in German hands. I hope that they have got away from there. Both are refugees from Vienna. If they
are caught by the Gestapo, they will be packed into trucks and sent off to die in Poland.
She is a very capable and conscientious worker; he is a physicist and was working with Thebaut[?], from who I understand that
he is brilliant, both are devoted to science.
I have tried to get them to England, so far without success. They have applied to go the
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United States. It is just possible that it may not be too late for them to get away.
I beg you, if you know of any one who can offer them any position in the U.S.A., if you can use any influence to get them
over, to do so at once. They are the best in the world, and it is terrible to think of them being herded off to Poland to