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Dr. Leon Ari Fralik completed rabbinical school in Frankfurt am Main and received his medical training at the University of Warsaw with a specialty in gynecology. In 1939, he was forcibly inducted into the Soviet Army, where he served as an abdominal surgeon in front-line military hospitals for the duration of the war.

Dr. Fralik, who lost most of his family in the war, tells of his rescue of several young girls from a women's forced labor camp in the German town of Jastrun. After the war, Dr. Fralik worked for two years as a gynecological consultant in displaced persons camps in West Berlin. At the time of his interview on July 6, 1980, he was a resident of New York City.