Public health in the Vilna Ghetto as a form of Jewish resistance.

  title={Public health in the Vilna Ghetto as a form of Jewish resistance.},
  author={Mckenna M Longacre and Solon Beinfeld and S Hildebrandt and Leonard H. Glantz and Michael A. Grodin},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  volume={105 2},
We describe the system of public health that evolved in the Vilna Ghetto as an illustrative example of Jewish innovation and achievement during the Holocaust. Furthermore, we argue that by cultivating a sophisticated system of public health, the ghetto inmates enacted a powerful form of Jewish resistance, directly thwarting the intention of the Nazis to eliminate the inhabitants by starvation, epidemic, and exposure. In doing so, we aim to highlight applicable lessons for the broader public… Expand
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