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German-jewish Physicians’ Status Declared Hopeless by Returned Medical Official

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Dr. Francis Donoghue, medical adviser to the Massachusetts state insurance board, returned from Europe on the Holland-American liner Veendam, Tuesday, after having spent five weeks in Germany. Dr. Donoghue, who is interested in radio-therapy and cancer research, declared that the position of the German-Jewish physicians was hopeless, that there was no place for them to go to and that the world would lose, perhaps permanently, the scientific value of the work of this group.

“Eighteen hundred medical men, all Jews, have been struck from the panels of the German state medical boards,” said Dr. Donoghue. “There is no place for them in Germany and despite the efforts that are being made for them, there is no place for them elsewhere. There is no disguising the fact that they are not welcome in the other countries of Europe.

“I went to Germany as usual to pursue my studies, but the big men in this field are no longer there, they are in exile. It seems as if the world will lose the benefit of the scientific work done by this large group of German Jewish physicians. Many are turning to other fields as they cannot practice their own professions. The loss to science is a great one.”

Dr. Donoghue stated that opinion in Germany was that Hitler himself would compromise and abate the anti-Jewish program of the Nazis, but that his followers were the violent ones and would not allow it. He also said that his Jewish friends in Germany were strongly against the boycott.

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