Gisela EisnerBMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5167 (Published 26 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5167
- Maggie Eisner
Gisela Eisner was born to a Jewish family in a small town in the north of Romania, when it was still part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. She excelled at school and at the age of 17 started studying medicine at the German University in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1000 km away from her home. She graduated in 1936 and started work and postgraduate studies in the Children’s Hospital, planning a career in paediatrics. She married Conrad, a lawyer and native of Prague.
As the Nazi threat increased in central Europe, the couple considered moving to Britain, but the door had been closed to Jewish refugees. An Englishman they met on holiday in Croatia offered them work permits in his valve factory in south Wales, where they arrived in February 1939, a month before the Nazis invaded Prague.
The couple had to register at …