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Ludwig Tietz (1897-1933) was a noted physician who, after the Nazi takeover of Germany, devoted most of his time to issues of Jewish relief. He served as a member of the Central Union of German Citzens of the Jewish Faith and was executive director of the Central Committee of German Jews for Relief and Rehabilitation. In June 1933 while attending a Jewish conferenceon relief, he and other delegates were arrested by the SA. They were later released. Dr. Tietz died at the age of 37 on November 4, 1933 from a hemorrage.

Helmuth Nathan - physician, teacher, and historian of medicine - was born on October 26, 1901 in Hamburg, Germany. He studied medicine and philosophy at the Universities of Freiburg and Hamburg and received his medical degree in 1925. Until his emigration in 1936, he worked at a number of hospitals in Hamburg and wrote extensively on medical topics, such as general surgery, surgical infections, pathology, and history of arts and medicine. Dr. Nathan settled in New York in 1936 and became a successful physician; he also taught for many years at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. But Helmuth Nathan was also a well-established artist, creating drawings, graphics, glass windows, and sculptures. He tried and succeeded in bringing both of his passions - art and medicine - closer together. Helmuth Nathan died in New York in 1979.

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Nathan, Helmuth: Dr. Ludwig Tietz, Leo Baeck Institute, 98.63.