$2,000 second place Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Discovery Award has
been awarded to Jeremy Wells and Natalie Brodine, seniors in Susan Sittenauer’s
history class at Seaman High School in Topeka, Kansas. Their award-winning
documentary tells the story of Eugene Lazowski, a doctor who saved the lives of
over 8,000 Polish Jews during WWII by injecting them with a phony vaccine that
would create a false positive for typhus. By convincing the Nazis that the typhus
epidemic was spreading across 12 different villages, Dr. Lazowski’s ruse caused
the Nazis to sanction off the “infected” Polish ghettos and stopped the
transport of these Polish Jews to death camps. In an article written by Dr.
Lazowski 35 year later, he wrote, “I was not able to fight with a gun or a
sword, but I found a way to scare the Germans.” His bravery is largely unknown,
but his impact was immense.