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A Hero for our Times: Alina Margolis-Edelman, Holocaust Survivor
Wed 10 May 2017, 19:30 – 21:30 BST
Film and discussion with director Edyta Wróblewska, Dr François Guesnet (UCL Dept. of Hebrew and Jewish Studies) and Dr Joanna B Michlic (UCL Institute for Advanced Studies).
This event is dedicated to Alina Margolis-Edelman (1922-2008), a young nurse in a Warsaw Ghetto hospital who fought in the Warsaw Uprising of August 1944. After the War, she obtained a medical degree and specialized in paediatrics, becoming renowned for her innovative methods of treatment. Forced to emigrate during the anti-Semitic purge of 1968, she moved to France, working for Medicins du Monde in the most disadvantaged areas of the world, in addition to her regular medical practice. After the fall of communism, Margolis returned to Poland, and created the Nobody’s Children Foundation devoted to the care of abused, abandoned and poor children.
Edyta Wróblewska, a graduate of the Andrzej Wajda Film School, created the 20 min documentary Ala z elementarza (“Ala of the Reading Primer”), a testimony to Margolis' dedication to humanitarian causes.