died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, March 22. Dr. Stabholz was born in Warsaw, Poland on October 16, 1916. Before the outbreak of World War II, he attended the medical school of the prestigious University of Warsaw. However, the Nazi occupation of Poland interrupted his studies. The Nazis incarcerated all the Jews of Warsaw along with him in the Warsaw Ghetto. Despite the most horrible conditions in the ghetto, the underground medical school was created. Dr. Stabholz attended the school for almost 2 1/2 years. Lectures were held from 1-4 a.m. seven times a week. The medical students during the day worked in the hospital, which overflowed with patients with such illnesses as typhus and hunger disease as well as with Jews who were badly shot just for the sport by the S.S. The medical students worked 12 hours a day. After the liquidation of the ghetto, Dr. Stabholz was "lucky" to escape the extermination camp of Treblinka, where over 300,000 Warsaw Jews were gassed. For the next two years, Dr. Stabholz was incarcerated in five concentration camps which included Auschwitz and Dachau. The American Army liberated him from Dachau on April 30, 1945. On liberation, Dr. Stabholz weighed 70 pounds. It took three months of intensive care to keep him alive. In 1947, he married Eva Weinstein. Together they arrived in New York City late in 1948. In 1949, Dr. Stabholz was admitted to the Medical School in Burlington, Vermont. He graduated in 1953. After graduation, he and his family moved to Fremont, Ohio. He practiced medicine there from 1955 to 1966. In December 1966, he moved to Canton. In 1967 and 1968, he worked at Aultman Hospital Emergency Room. In 1969, he opened his private practice. The office was first on Schneider Road and then on Easton. He retired on January 1, 1994. Dr. Stabholz also worked in Mercy Medical Center's Emergency Room. He was a staff member at Mercy for almost 25 years. He was a member of Ohio State Medical Society and Stark County Medical Association. In May of 2003, Dr. Stabholz was honored by being selected as a Stark County Wall of Fame Citizen of Honor. Dr. Stabholz is the author of the book "Siedem Piekiet" (Seven Hells) which was a detailed memoir on his life during the Holocaust. The book has been translated from Polish into English and Hebrew. He also gave hundreds of talks about his experiences in the Holocaust so that people would know what prejudice against any group could lead to. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Henyrk Stabholz; mother, Sabina Marianstrass Stabholz; cousins, Dr. Ludvig and Mietek Stabholz' and his wife, Eva. Dad was a gentleman whose smile would light up a room. He was a caring and compassionate physician. For those who knew him he was an inspiration. He had a delightful sense of humor, loved to tell stories and talk about current events and science. His memory will be cherished by his two daughters, Peggy and Liz Stabholz and Tatra, the family dog of Canton, Ohio. Also by his loving cousins, Jean Leibler of Springfield, NJ, Orit Grober, Dr. Adam Stabholz, Joseph Stabholz and Sophia Yekutieli, all of Israel. His many friends of whom he was a blessing and whom enriched his life are Barbara Turkeltaub and her children, Mark and Esther, Sally Lifshitz, Tom and Mrs. Mino, Gary Sirak, Rick and Nancy Hilles, Ford Robertson, Shirley and Max Colleta, Hariett Bean and Sylvia Pozarik. The family would also like to thank Dr. Haut, Dr. Kimbell, Dr. Fabre, Dr. Bautista, Dr. Nuchikat and their staff as well as the Mercy Medical staff who helped provide outstanding care to Dad. According to his wishes, Dr. Stabholz will be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday 2 p.m. in the Arnold Funeral Home with Rabbi Leah Herz and Rabbi John Spitzer officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate donations in his memory to Jewish Family Services, Mercy Medical Center or The Cancer Society
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Published by The Repository or The Independent from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2009.