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Meyer Bodansky Papers

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Born in Elizabetgrad, Russia in 1896, Bodansky emigrated to the United States as a child. The majority of these papers reflect Dr. Bodansky’s research activities as a biochemist and pathologist. Also of particular interest are the files concerning the Boston Committee on Medical Emigres, the Texas Committee for Medical Refugees and the National Committee for Resettlement of Foreign Physicians.

Threatened by the Nazis, many European physicians fled their countries prior to the outbreak of WWII. Various organizations including the Boston Committee on Medical Emigres, the National Committee for the Resettlement of Foreign Physicians, and the Texas Committee for Medical Refugees were founded to help these escapees.

Dr. Meyer Bodansky, Director of Laboratories at UTMB, was a member of each of these committees and a founding member of the Texas Committee. Correspondence in this collection contains information regarding the Committee's formation, the struggle to change policies that hindered foreign doctors from finding work in Texas in addition to the Texas medical community's mission to serve both displaced doctors and small towns without medical services.