Jewish doctors in Nazi-occupied Poland stopped an epidemic in its tracks. Here’s how.

When a deadly typhus outbreak struck Poland’s Warsaw ghetto during WWII, Jewish doctors helped stop the disease in its tracks, saving thousands.

More than 400,000 Jewish people were crammed into the 1.3-square-mile (3.4 square kilometers)  ghetto in the Nazi-occupied country, and severe overcrowding, exposure to the elements and starvation created a perfect incubator for epidemics. When typhus broke out in 1941, it should have devastated the ghetto’s vulnerable population. 

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