This round head-mirror was a medical tool used by Ginda Rosenblatt. She was a doctor in the Russian army during World War I.

Ginda Rosenblatt, a Female Doctor in 1917

Head-mirror used by Ginda Rosenblatt in her medical practice. She was a doctor in the Russian army during World War I. (Photo: Peter Berra)
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Head-mirror used by Ginda Rosenblatt in her medical practice. She was a doctor in the Russian army during World War I. (Photo: Peter Berra)

Ginda Rosenblatt and three of her students in Kiev.
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Ginda Rosenblatt and three of her students in Kiev.

Graduating class of the Lipcani (Moldova) Jewish High School in 1926. Ginda Roseblatt, wearing the white collar in the centre, is the school's principal and teaches Hygiene.
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Graduating class of the Lipcani (Moldova) Jewish High School in 1926. Ginda Roseblatt, wearing the white collar in the centre, is the school's principal and teaches Hygiene.

Ginda’s husband, Abraham Rosenblatt, in uniform in 1917.
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Ginda’s husband, Abraham Rosenblatt, in uniform in 1917.

Ginda Rosenblatt : A Woman Doctor in the Russian Army

Ginda Rosenblatt, a graduate of the Medical Institute for Women of Saint-Vladimir’s University, Ukraine, served in the Russian army in 1917. She was assigned to the 266th regiment. Faced with economic and transportation difficulties, the regiment decided to demobilize at the end of 1917. Dr. Rosenblatt and her colleague Henryk Zamenhof diagnosed soldiers with heart ailments, despite their good health, to justify being discharged. Ginda herself was diagnosed and received an honorable discharge in 1918.

Ginda reunited with her husband Abraham Rosenblatt in Kiev before leaving for Romania. Her family immigrated to Toronto in 1934. Although she fulfilled the requirements for an M.D. degree at the University of Toronto, she chose to devote the rest of her career to social work.

Her daughter Shena Sourkes donated this object to the Montreal Holocaust Museum.

This project is part of the implementation of the Plan culturel numérique du Québec.
Objets phares de l'Holocauste, Plan culturel numérique du Québec.

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