Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger shares inspiring story at Society of Healers event

 

BY ERIN COHEN
Society of Healers Director

Photos by Larry Tallis

           

            In late August, more than 70 members of the Jacksonville Jewish medical community gathered for their first Havura HaMarpeh/Society of Healers event of the year. Guests were inspired by the remarkable personal journey of Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger. His talk, 'Against all Odds, Change is Possible,' told the story of his father who was a highly decorated Nazi tank commander during World War II. As he grew older, Dr. Wollschlaeger learned the truth about his father’s past and as a result his relationship with him was overshadowed by the Holocaust and everything associated with it.  Dr. Wollschlaeger eventually converted to Judaism, moved to Israel and served as a medical officer in the Israel Defense Forces.

            A big thank you goes out to the event's gracious hosts, Dr. Mark and Holly Emas for opening their home to this group, as well as to Dr. Michael Lewis, Society of Healers chair, and his wife, Judy for connecting the community with Dr. Wollschlaeger. If you are a Jewish healthcare professional in the Jacksonville community and would like to learn more about getting involved with Society of Healers, please contact Erin Cohen at 904-448-5000 ext. 205 or at erinc@jewishjacksonville.org