Tsemakh Shabad

Tsemakh Shabad

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In 2007, a sculpture was erected to commemorate the legendary Jewish doctor Zemach Shabad, who was often referred to as Doctor Aiskauda. This doctor worked with many organizations that helped people get back on their feet. This unique personality has done so much for the region of Vilnius, which is why the people erected a cosy monument to him in the Square of Ghetto Victims, symbolising his dedication and friendliness. He was a member of the Senate (parliament) of the Second Polish Republic (1928) and a co-founder and vice-president of the YIVO (Institute for Jewish Research). In 1932 Shabad toured to Palestine with Dr. Abel Lapin from Kaunas. During his trip, Dr. Shabad hosted by the Health Committee of the Knesset and the Jerusalem Medical Association. He was one of the originators of the volkist movement, which eventually turned into the Folkspartei (Jewish People’s Party). In 2007, Zemach Shabad was honored with a monument in Vilnius, reflecting the fact that he was the prototype of Doctor Aybolit, a good doctor from a poem for children by Korney Chukovsky.

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