ARN PERTSIKOVITSH (AHARON PERETS) (b. 1909)
He was born in Butrimonys, Kovno district, Lithuania. He completed his medical degree at Kovno University. Until WWII he was a practicing gynecologist in Kovno, and in the years of the Nazi occupation during WWII, he was confined in ghettos and concentration camps. In April 1945 he was liberated from Dachau and until 1946 lived in Germany. He later made aliya to the state of Israel. On several occasions he visited the United States, Europe, and South Africa. He was among the few who published in Yiddish his observations of specifically Jewish medical issues in the ghettos and camps and gave lectures on the same topic in the Kovno ghetto. His writings appeared in: Lite (Lithuania), vol. 1 (New York, 1951), pp. 1719-36; Yidishe kultur (Jewish culture) in New York; Dorem-afrike (South Africa) in Johannesburg; and Letste nayes (Latest news), among other venues, in Tel Aviv. In book form: Dem goyrl antkegn, reshimes fun a doktor (Up against fate, a doctor’s lists) (Johannesburg, 1952), 171 pp., a rare volume in Holocaust literature. He was last living in Eilat as a practicing physician.
Sources: Dr. Sh. Grinhoyz, in Lite (Lithuania), vol. 1 (New York, 1951), p. 1753; Dr. E. Pat, Briv keyn medines-yisroel (Letters to the state of Israel), vol. 3 (Tel Aviv, 1955), p. 93; Meylekh Ravitsh, Mayn leksikon (My lexicon), vol. 3 (Montreal, 1958), pp. 329-30; Biblyografye fun yidishe bikher vegn khurbn un gvure (Bibliography of Yiddish books concerning the Holocaust and heroism) (New York: Yad Vashem and YIVO, 1962), see index.
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