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Eckardt, M.H. (2015). John W. Thompson: Psychiatrist in the Shadow of the Holocaust, by Paul J. Weindling, University of Rochester Press, Rochester, New York, 2010, 440 pp., $39.95.. Psychodyn. Psych., 43(2):326-329.

(2015). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 43(2):326-329

John W. Thompson: Psychiatrist in the Shadow of the Holocaust, by Paul J. Weindling, University of Rochester Press, Rochester, New York, 2010, 440 pp., $39.95.

Review by:
Marianne Horney Eckardt, M.D.

The liberation of the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen was the turning point in the life of Canadian psychiatrist John W. Thompson. The experience affected him deeply and sent him on his life-long mission to arrest suffering wherever he found it, be it in Mississippi or in the Bowery. In December 1945, he alerted the British Foreign Office and the U.S. State Department about a special category of war crimes, Medical War Crimes. The suffering he encountered in Belsen left a deep impression that obsessed him for the rest of his life.

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