Slavko Hirsch

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Dr. Slavko Hirsch
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Born 29 March 1893
Glina, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, (now Croatia)
Died 1942 (aged 49)
Jasenovac concentration camp
Cause of death Murdered in Holocaust
Residence Osijek, Croatia
Nationality Croat
Spouse(s) Josefine (Sefi) Hirsch
Children Ruth Hirsch
Relatives Bertold and Josefina Hirsch

Dr. Slavko Hirsch (29 March 1893 – 1942) was a Croatian physician, founder and director of the Epidemiological Institute in Osijek.[1]

Hirsch was born on 29 March 1893 in Glina, Croatia to a Jewish family of Bertold and Josefina Hirsch. After high school education Hirsch studied medicine at the Medical University of Vienna, Innsbruck Medical University and University of Prague. During World War I, as a student, he was recruited and mobilized in the Austro-Hungarian Army. He was stationed in the village Bršadin, near Vukovar in the Vukovar-Syrmia County. During the war Hirsch gained extensive experience in the field of venerology and other communicable diseases. In 1919 he finished specialization at the Rudolf Virchow Hospital in Berlin, where he studied epidemiology of bacterial meningitis. In 1923 Hirsch was appointed as head of the newly founded Community health center Osijek and head of the infectious diseases department at the Osijek Hospital. Hirsch was also named, in 1924, director of the Epidemiological Institute Osijek which he founded. His great merit was in combating infectious diseases, not only in the Osijek area but also in the wider Slavonia region. During World War II physician Miroslav Schlesinger organized the departure of the Croatian Jewish doctors to Bosnia to combat endemic syphilis in 1941. 80 Jewish doctors were sent to Bosnia by Independent State of Croatia authorities, as a Jew among them was Hirsch. Most of those doctors would later flee to join the Partisans. Hirsch was married to Josefine (née Roubitschek), with whom he had a daughter Ruth. In 1942 Hirsch was deported from Derventa to Jasenovac concentration camp where he was killed together with his wife, daughter, granddaughter and sister.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Javno zdravstvo u Osijeku: 1925. - 2005". Zavod za javno zdravstvo Osječko-baranjske županije (in Croatian). Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  2. ^ Živaković-Kerže, Zlata; Igor Galir (2010-03-30). "Osječki spomendan 29. ožujka". Osijek (in Croatian). Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Slavko Hirsch". Pages of testimony by Lea Marberger (sister). Yad Vashem. 
  4. ^ "Slavko Hirsch". Pages of testimony by Avraham Marberger (brother in law). Yad Vashem. 


  • Živaković-Kerže, Zlata (2005). Židovi u Osijeku (1918.-1941.). Osijek: Židovska općina Osijek – Tiskara Pauk d.o.o., Cerna. ISBN 953-6659-22-0.