Many dentists are creative and have an artistic inclination. Some become so successful, they leave the field of dentistry to pursue their artistic talents. Some give their lives for their craft. One such tragic case is of Otto Freundlich. Born in Germany in 1878, Freundlich studied dentistry only to head off to pursue art in Paris in 1908. Later, one of his most famous works, a sculpture called “Der Neue Mensch” (“The New Man”) was used on the cover of the Nazi exhibition program called “Entartete Kunst”- “Degenerate Art.” The exhibition which ran from July to November in 1937 was intended to ridicule and denigrate modern artists, and particularly Jewish artists. The exhibition became heavily attended much to the dismay of the Nazis, who hoped the populace would embrace the Great German Art Exhibition instead. But the German people liked the modern art art more than the boring traditional German art. Hitler was outraged. Freundlich was eventually arrested by the Nazi’s and murdered in Majdanek Concentration Camp in 1943.
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Recent reports in the media have created a flurry of misunderstanding about the importance and benefits of flossing. Researchers claim there was no medical benefits from flossing. The research cites flawed earlier dental research studies. Dr. Fridus Van Der Weijden from the University of Amsterdam claims brushing and flossing is no more effective than just brushing alone. So why floss?
To start, brushing does not adequately reach the interproximal areas between the teeth. Plaque accumulation can lead to caries (the decay process which can cause a cavity), and the biofilm can lead to periodontal disease. The effect of bacteria and C-reactive proteins caused by bacteria is well documented. C-reactive proteins can be damaging to the body, and in particular, cardiac health.
So,. just as there is no proof that jumping out of a plane at high altitude with a parachute is safer than jumping without one, would you take the risk? Flossing may be a nuisance, but the ADA maintains it is a necessary one. Perhaps the water injection systems, such as Waterpik or Air Flosser can replace fiber threads in floss, but the idea is the same: remove the biofilm and decrease the bacterial count.
Due to the unfortunate circumstances for Dr. Rene Arace which led her to withdraw as President of the Essex County Dental Society, Dr. Richard C. Schonberg will act as President for the third consecutive year. His “reign” will end in 2017!
Perhaps the most notorious figure of the Nazi concentration camps during WWII was Dr. Josef Mengele. Accused of experimenting on young twins (one would serve as the control for his experiments), he experimented, mutilated, murdered and dissected countless victims in Auschwitz, almost all without anesthesia. He was also responsible for the selection process when the Jewish refugees unloaded on the train platform at Auschwitz upon their arrival from all over Europe. His wave of the arm could mean life or death in the selection process. He was also a member of the team of doctors responsible for supervising the administration of Zyklon B, the gas that was used to kill people in the gas chambers at Auschwitz- Birkenau. He was sadistic and unempathetic. He became one of the most sought after war criminals after he was able to escape to South America when WWII ended. He changed his name and residences frequently, but was tracked by Nazi hunters. He was known to be buried under the name “Wolfgang Gerhard” by his host family, the Bosserts in Sao Paulo, after a drowning incident. With the aid of dental records, Mengele’s death was finally corroborated in 1985 by the efforts of Stephen Daschi, US Consul in Brazil.
This part of the story is little known. Daschi discovered Mengele, then using the pseudonym Pedro Hochbichler, had visited Dr. Hercy Gonzaga Gama Angelo in the suburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil for a root canal in 1978. Dr. Angelo provided Daschi with the name of the referring dentist, Dr. Kasumasa Tutiya, who provided dental radiographs (X-rays). The body of Mengele had been found previously though extensive tracking, and was then corroborated with the eye witnesses to the man and his teeth by the dentist!
When Anne Frank moved into hiding in Amsterdam (Prinsengracht 263), other Jews later joined them hiding. One such person was the dentist, Fritz Pfeffer, who was given the pseudonym Mr. Dussel (Dussel in German means “nitwit”) by Anne Frank in her diary. Dr. Pfeffer had fled Germany in 1938 and moved to Amsterdam where he set up his dental practice, but with the invasion of Holland and the persecution of the Jews, found himself in need of hiding. One of his Fritz’s brothers (Hans) escaped to New Jersey, and one to South America, but the rest of his family perished. Otto Frank and Miep Gies helped hide Fritz along with the increasing number of people in the crowded secret annex. Dr. Pfeffer arrived with his dental equipment, including the pedal driven SS White drill, and became the roommate of Anne Frank. Dr. Pfeffer purportedly had to do a root canal treatment on Anne’s front tooth. Without anesthesia, Anne was not endeared to the man or his profession.
Unfortunately, someone betrayed the hiding place to the authorties, and the Dr. Pfeffer along with the Anne and the rest of the people hiding in the annex were arrested and sent to concentration camps. After a stint in Auschwitz, Anne and her sister Margo ended up in Bergen-Belsen, only to die shortly before the camp’s liberation. Dr. Fritz ultimately died in Neuengamme concentration camp from illness on December 20th, 1944.
A donation has been made in the name of my patients to the Wounded Warrior Project. With so many wounded veterans in desperate need of services, I choose to donate to this worthy cause, and hope our veterans will benefit from a better Holiday Season.
On Wednesday night, October 7,2015, Dr. Schonberg was one of several people honored by the New Jersey Dental Association. Installed as the re-elected president of the Essex County, he was presented with a plaque by the current NJDA president, Essex County’s own Dr. Greg LaMorte. Also present was, Giorgio DiVincenzo, President-elect of the NJDA and the Executive Director, Art Meisel, Esq.
The world famous photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took this picture of a soldier kissing a nurse on V-Day, August 14th, 1945. The soldier, believed to be George Mendonca of Newport, Rhode Island, was in Times Square celebrating. He happened to kiss a nurse which was capture by Eisenstaedt. As it turns out, the nurse is believed to be Greta Friedman, a dental assistant. Back in 1945 and for some time after, dental assistants customarily wore white and looked like medical nurses!
Beginning August 3rd (2015) and running for the month, Dr. Schonberg will present an assortment of photographs in an exhibit at the Millburn Public Library in Millburn, New Jersey. The images are an mixture High Dynamic Range (HDR) images and conventional photographs. The HDR images increase the range of light used and render more intensity to the images. The photographs were taken in a variety of places, including London, Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, and Paris, as well as Gettysburg, Boston, and West Orange.They are a range of subjects, from scenic to abstract. Many are linked to an association with Word War II history, as the images were shot during some of the many WWII tours Dr. Schonberg has been on. I hope you come and sign the guest book. Images are for sale, though Library rules prevent pricing and selling works at the Library. Contact Dr. Schonberg at the office (873-379-2730) for inquiries.