In Search of Self, in the Service to Others: Reflections of a Retired Physician on Medicine, the Bible and the Jews

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Overview

The life of Holocaust survivor Dr. Heinz Hartmann is a fascinating one indeed, from escaping Hitler's concentration camps as a young man to making house-calls as a general practitioner in America. As chronicled in his compelling 1986 autobiography, Once a Doctor, Always a Doctor: The Memories of a German-Jewish Immigrant Physician, Hartmann completed his medical studies in the 1930s, when the Nazis were in power. Just two weeks after his wedding to the beautiful Herta, a young nurse, Hartmann and scores of other Jewish men were taken by the Nazis to Buchenwald. It was these horrifying experiences that he drew upon when interviewed by Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation in its research for the movie "Schindler's List" as well as for libraries internationally.

In this touching new book In Search of Self, In the Service of Others, Hartmann recounts his and Herta's escape from Nazi Germany, their loving relationship, and her fatal struggle with pancreatic cancer. He also examines the many years of love and caregiving he devoted to his physically and mentally retarded son, Michael, who was born healthy but experienced a crippling reaction to a vaccination at only five and a half months of age. This enlightening and tremendously personal memoir also offers the doctor's thoughts on the future of medicine, what it means to be Jewish in modern society, and special thoughts about the people who have influenced his life.

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The second autobiographical volume from Hartmann, a Holocaust survivor who was part of Spielberg's inspiration for creating the movie . The retired doctor offers his insights on revisionist history, fundamentalist Christians, the real meaning of Judaism, and his lifelong devotion to his late wife Herta and their mentally disabled son, Michael. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573922302
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Heinz Hartmann (Syracuse, NY) retired from medicine in 1987 after forty years of practice, and has written for the Syracuse Jewish Observer.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    In Search of Self, in the Service to Others: Reflections of a Retired Physician on Medicine, the Bible and the Jews

    It must be remembered that this movie fits within a certain context: it is the first movie of a nine movie series. Dealing with characters and themes already at least partially understood, it must walk a dizzying tightrope of story and exposition. This film is extremely effects-heavy and is groundbreaking in this regard. The first Star Wars movie changed cinematography and world culture forever, so we know of what stuff Lucas is made. Amidala, Qui-Gon, and ObiWan are compelling characters while Jar-Jar is there to remind us that we all fall short of the heroic ideal much of the time. I suggest that we sit back and enjoy the ride as Lucas' vision unfolds and takes on another exciting adventure the likes of which we have not seen since we were all eight years old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    In Search of Self, in the Service to Others: Reflections of a Retired Physician on Medicine, the Bible and the Jews

    A magnificant human story I could not put this book down. I read all night. I cried for much of the next day. This is one of those books which examines the most profound aspects of the human condition. Dr. Hartmann is a real person, whom many people have come to know a little about through his book. What this book did was enable us to see him as part of a family - a genetic family and a family of humanity. This is the sort of book which it is important to guide younger people too. As we leave behind the century which saw the enormous destruction of world wars, but where genocide is all too constant still, this is the sort of book which is necessary so that we don't forget. I cannot speak highly enough of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2000

    In Search of Self, in the Service to Others: Reflections of a Retired Physician on Medicine, the Bible and the Jews

    Saying good things about Hartmann, I feel too insignificant in life to say. But he is more than a Doctor; he's one of the most insightful social observers we have today and he's funny, too. I don't care if Hartmann does think I'm wonderful, brilliant, and handsome; I'm going to put the country's interest above mine and say: 'Turn off the tube and read this book!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2000

    In Search of Self, in the Service to Others: Reflections of a Retired Physician on Medicine, the Bible and the Jews

    I liked this book very much, and what especially moved me was that it wasn't written by some professional writer, but by a grandfather, like mine. This book was also very personal. At some times this book was very sad, however, it wasn't as sad as some other Holocaust books that I've read. I would like to recommend this book to someone who wants to read about Holocaust, but doesn't feel like buying tissues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2000

    A book that stimulates the mind and the heart !

    This book is perhaps the best kept secret of it's genra, yet classifing this book under just one subject matter would be rather difficult. Many subject matters are discussed hear, mostly centering around conflicts between, Christianity, and Judiasm. In between these 2 largest religions of the world are funny anectdotes, personal experiences of a Holocaust survivor, life with a handicapp in family, more funny anecdotes, charm, wit, lightheartedness, things from Jesus to Cathy Lee Gifford, from being a doctor, to being a human, to most importantly FORGIVE. Believe me the list could go on, and on and on. If you are a deep thinker, this book is for you. If you are in the medical feild, this book is for you. If you are a philospher, this book is for you. If you are interested in the Holocaust from the perspective of a surviver, this book is for you. If you are a rabbi or priest, athiest or humanist, this book is DEFINATLY for you. If you are a compasionate person, this book is for your heart. If you are an intellectual, this book if for your mind. This wonderful book is written in a conversational mode. Dr. Hartman is speaking to you, the reader, such as a Grampa in a cushiony recliner, telling stories, and sharing wisdom with his grandchild. This is how this book makes you feel. The simple yet witty language is so acessable that you don't actually feel that you are reading it, but that it is being read to you. A breaze of book, windy and easy to read, yet deep and effective as a low gust of wind. I am sure if you read this book, it will affect you. A book that stimulates the mind and the heart.

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