Emanuel Tanay

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Emanuel Tanay (March 5, 1928 – August 5, 2014) was an American physician, a forensic psychiatrist, and a Jewish Holocaust survivor.

Early life[edit]

Tanay was born in Vilna on March 5, 1928 but the family soon moved to Miechow, a small community just south of Kraków.[1] His mother, Betty Tenenwurzel, was both a physician and dentist and his father, Bunim Tenenwurzel, was a dentist. He survived by being hidden in the Catholic monastery of Mogila in Kraków, Poland.[2]

In 1943 Tanay escaped from occupied Poland with his mother and sister to Slovakia and then Hungary. They were liberated in January 1945 in Budapest.[3] He immigrated to the United States after World War II. He did his psychiatric residency at Elgin State Hospital in Elgin, Illinois.


Tanay was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit, Michigan.[4][5]


Tanay died on August 5, 2014, following a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. He was 86.[6]



A fictional report "A German's View on Islam" falsely attributed to Dr. Tanay is often quoted in relation to Islamist terrorism.[7][8]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Emanuel Tanay - March 16, 1987, Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive.
  2. ^ "The Religious roots of the Holocaust," Emannuel Tanay, in Holocaust scholars write to the Vatican," Harry J. Cargas, ed., Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998, pp. 85. ff.
  3. ^ Tanay, Emanuel. "A man without a country". Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-08-13.
  4. ^ [2] Virginia Tech Mass Murder: A Forensic Psychiatrist's Perspective, Emanuel Tanay, MD, J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 35:2:152-153 (2007).
  5. ^ [3] Emanuel Tanay on LinkedIn (public page)
  6. ^ Emanuel Tanay Obituary
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  8. ^ [5][permanent dead link]