September 28: Mother’s Little Helper

Leo Henryk Sternbach, a Croatian-born chemist who was the primary inventor of Valium, the most-prescribed drug in America between 1969 and 1982, and the entire class of benzodiazepine-based anti-anxiety drugs (Librium, Klonopin, etc.), died at 97 on this date in 2005. Sternbach escaped the deadly shadow of Nazism in 1941 when his employer, Hoffmann-La Roche, […]

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July 9: Assassinating a Nazi

David Frankfurter, a Croatian Jew who in 1936 assassinated Wilhelm Gustloff, a leading Nazi in Switzerland, was born on this date in 1909. Frankfurter, the son of a rabbi, was studying medicine in Germany when the Nazis came to power. He continued his studies in Bern, Switzerland in 1934, where he witnessed growing Nazi sentiment […]

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