Doctors ‘crucial part’ of society for German occupiers


During the Second World War, the medical position was a ‘crucial part’ of society for the German occupier who wanted to get a hold on the Dutch population. That is what emeritus professor of medical history Mart van Lieburg stated today in the broadcast of Speechmakers on Radio 1.

Doctors were important because they represented two groups: the profession and the patients. Presenter Ghislaine Plag spoke about the role of doctors in that period with Mart van Lieburg and Bertho Nieboer, editor-in-chief of Medical Contact, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Medical Contact. Nieboer read original texts from that time and interview fragments were broadcast. The editor-in-chief also produced five copies of the book White coats and brown shirts available to listeners. Listen to the broadcast here.

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