Rudolf Weigl was born in 1883 in Prerov, which is now in the Czech Republic. His mother was Czech, and his father was Austrian. He did not learn Polish until he was a few years old. He lost his father as a child, and his mother remarried to a Pole. Rudolf was raised in the Polish tradition and identified with it so much that he publicly claimed to be Polish.
1883 - 1957
This man's life story could make for a thriller. It would show war, emotions, millions of lives saved, betrayal, international scandal, and, unfortunately, no happy ending. Rudolf Weigl developed a vaccine against spotted fever in 1920. He achieved spectacular professional success and was a man known in the whole medical world. But history dealt with him cruelly.
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