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Holocaust Survivor Lecture Series: 'Transnistria the Forgotten Holocaust'

Friday, 27 March, 2020

Raul Artal, M.D., professor emeritus in the School of Medicine and former chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, will give an evening lecture, “Transnistria the Forgotten Holocaust,” 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27, in Young Hall. Parking will be available on the surface lot behind the hall.

The talk is one of two that Artal will give on campus.

A survivor of the Holocaust, Artal is internationally recognized for his expertise in high risk obstetrics, exercise physiology, and ethical standards in medical practice/research. Artal was born in Bersad, a Nazi concentration camp in Transnistria, a region near the border of modern Moldova and Ukraine. Unlike 95 percent of Jewish children who lived and were interned in camps under Nazi occupation, Artal survived the war.

Since retiring from SLU, he has given his time to recount his experiences as a child who survived the Shoah with students and organizations. 

Artal also continues his professional expertise and contributes as an author of chapters to the Merck Manual,, and has served as a consultant to a Medical Commission of the Olympic Committee, ACOG, American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Sports Medicine, on exercise in pregnancy.  Artal has over 200 publications, 3 books and several educational video tapes.

In April 2019, the California Legislature Assembly asked Resolution 955, to pay special tribute to Holocaust survivors, and recognized Artal for his commitment to preserve the memory and legacy of the Holocaust victims.