Imrich (“Emery”) SarkanyBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39094.526991.FA (Published 18 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:161
- Robin Graham-Brown
Imrich Sarkany (“Emery” but known as “IS” at the Royal Free) was a remarkable man, who overcame difficulties most of us can barely imagine to build a highly successful career as one of Britain's leading dermatologists. The son of a vet, born in Slovakia, his life was severely disrupted by the upheavals created by Hitler and Stalin. Before the outbreak of hostilities he was sent by his mother to safety in England, where he enrolled in the Czech brigade of the British Army. On returning to Czechoslovakia after the second world war, he discovered that his whole family had been lost in the Holocaust: he was on his own. Amazingly, a few years before Emery died, he became reacquainted with the history of his home and its 25 Jewish families, of whom only he and one other had survived. These two created a memorial to the lost Jews of Svati Jur, and Emery went back, fortunately still well enough to make a speech at the opening.
Dr Sarkany began his medical studies at Prague's Charles' University but, with the advent of the Communist regime, he slipped …