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“East Side Story”: On Being an Epidemiologist in the Former USSR: An Interview With Marcus Klingberg

Morabia, Alfredo

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000184473.33772.ed
Epidemiology & Society

Marcus Klingberg was born on 7 October 1918, in Warsaw, Poland, into a Hasidic, rabbinical family. After the Nazi invasion of Poland, he escaped to the USSR where he trained and worked as an epidemiologist from 1939 to 1945. For 35 years after the war, he continued his professional work in Israel. The harsh conditions within the Soviet Union during World War II provided a challenging setting for epidemiologic work—a setting that has remained largely hidden from Western view. In this interview, Klingberg describes his work as an epidemiologist in the USSR and his subsequent encounter with Western epidemiology.

Editors’ Note: Marcus Klingberg has approved this transcript for publication.

Correspondence: Alfredo Morabia, Clinical Epidemiology Division, University Hospitals, 1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland. E-mail:

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.