July 16, 2024
Silent Heroes

Life of ‘hero biologist’ Rudolf Weigl who invented typhus vaccine and saved Poles and Jews during WWII to be retold in timely new film


The new film tells the incredible story of the Polish scientist who first developed a vaccine against the typhus epidemic – and then used it to save the lives of countless numbers of Jews and Poles during WWII

It is estimated though that Weigl saved around 5,000 academics, university and secondary school students and Polish resistance fighters.

Much of the vaccine he produced, instead of going to German soldiers on the eastern front, was secretly distributed to civilians, partisans and also to the Warsaw ghetto.

Thanks to Professor Weigl, many scientists were saved from execution by finding employment in his institute.

(the originals article appeared in the following publication)


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