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by Heinz Hartmann

The life of Holocaust survivor Dr. Heinz Hartmann is a fascinating one indeed, from escaping Hitler's concentration camps as a young man to making house-calls as a general practitioner in America. As chronicled in his compelling 1986 autobiography, Once a Doctor, Always a Doctor: The Memories of a German-Jewish Immigrant Physician, Hartmann completed his medical studies in the 1930s, when the Nazis were in power. Just two weeks after his wedding to the beautiful Herta, a young nurse, Hartmann and scores of other Jewish men were taken by the Nazis to Buchenwald. It was these horrifying experiences that he drew upon when interviewed by Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation in its research for the movie "Schindler's List" as well as for libraries internationally.In this touching new book In Search of Self, In the Service of Others, Hartmann recounts his and Herta's escape from Nazi Germany, their loving relationship, and her fatal struggle with pancreatic cancer. He also examines the many years of love and caregiving he devoted to his physically and mentally retarded son, Michael, who was born healthy but experienced a crippling reaction to a vaccination at only five and a half months of age. This enlightening and tremendously personal memoir also offers the doctor's thoughts on the future of medicine, what it means to be Jewish in modern society, and special thoughts about the people who have influenced his life.
Download In Search of Self, in the Service of Others: Reflections of a Retired Physician on Medicine, the Bible & the Jews epub
ISBN: 1573922307
ISBN13: 978-1573922302
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Heinz Hartmann
Language: English
Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (August 1, 1998)
Pages: 198 pages
ePUB size: 1801 kb
FB2 size: 1452 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 581
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I was very touched when I read the book about Dr. Hartmann's life story. Dr. Hartmann is a courageous man and I like his answer that God gave man free will and it's men NOT God to blame for the Holocaust. I sincerely wish Dr. Hartmann many more years, he is an inspiration to us all!
I could not put this book down. I read all night. I cried for much of the next day. This is one of those books which examines the most profound aspects of the human condition. Dr. Hartmann is a real person, whom many people have come to know a little about through his story. What this book did was enable us to see him as part of a family - a genetic family and a family of humanity. This is the sort of book which it is important to guide younger people to. As we leave behind the century which saw the enormous destruction of world wars, but where genocide is all too constant still, this is the sort of book which is necessary so that we don't forget. I cannot speak highly enough of this book.
I liked this book very much, and what especially moved me was that it wasn't written by some professional writer, but by a grandfather, like mine. This book was also very personal. At some times this book was very sad, however, it wasn't as sad as some other Holocaust books that I've read. I would like to recommend this book to someone who wants to read about Holocaust, but doesn't feel like buying tissues.
This is an incredible story of a mans life and his dedication to family, religion and medicine. One can learn from his story of triumphs.
Saying good things about Hartmann, I feel too insignificant in life to say. But he is more than a Doctor; he's one of the most insightful social observers we have today and he's funny, too. I don't care if Hartmann does think I'm wonderful, brilliant, and handsome; I'm going to put the country's interest above mine and say: 'Turn off the tube and read this book!'
A book that stimulates the mind and the heart !