Dorothea Koffman (née Herrmann)

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 04 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:727
  1. Andrew Koffmann

The daughter of a well-known singing teacher, Dorothea Koffman grew up in Berlin between the world wars. She was determined to study medicine but was unable to secure admission to a German university as her mother was Jewish, so she began her studies in Prague in 1935. When the political situation worsened three years later, Dorothea transferred to the University of Berne and then a year after that to the University of Geneva. She was unable to return to Germany as her passport would have been confiscated, and she therefore holidayed in England, where she visited her childhood sweetheart, Jurij. A …

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