Dr. Luria, Nobel Prize Winner, Published Article Likening Vietnamese to Jews
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Dr. Luria, Nobel Prize Winner, Published Article Likening Vietnamese to Jews

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Dr. Salvador E. Luria, who last week was named a Nobel Prize winner, is a Jew and in 1967 published an article in the Boston Jewish Advocate, a weekly, entitled” Babi Yar, Warsaw and Vietnam.”

In it he said, “The people of Hue, of Saigon, of all Vietnam, whether passive victims of bombs and napalm or active fighters for their life and liberty from foreign rule, are truly the brothers of the murdered Jews of Babi Yar and of the fighters of Warsaw’s Ghetto.”

Dr. Luria, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was one of three American scientists jointly awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries in the field of virus and viral diseases research. The three scientists, who will share a $73,000 cash prize, were hailed by the selections committee in Stockholm as having “set the solid foundation on which modern molecular biology rests.”

Dr. Luria, 57, was born in Turin, Italy and studied medicine there before coming to the United States in 1940. He did research and teaching at Columbia University, Carnegie Institute, University of Illinois and the University of Indiana before joining the faculty at MIT, where he is Sedwick Professor and head of microbiology. He is active in the anti-Vietnam war movement.

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