Letter : Paper : Ink : beige ; Ht: 10 7/8 in. x W: 8 1/2 in.
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February 11, 1937
Typed letter, letterhead in upper left corner, signed in lower right corner. Letterhead of the Russian Red Cross, typed, sent by G.L.Rabinovitch (Representative of the Russian Red Cross Society) to Dr. G. M. Rosenblatt, 257 Brunswick Av, Toronto, On, Canada. Letter states that he has received her letter, to enter the USSR she has to apply to the Russian Consular General in New York, she should give details about her relatives in Moscow, she would find a job as a doctor as there is a demand, her daughter can study what she likes, her husband will find a job according to his education, there is no unemployment in the USSR. Narrative: Ginda Kalujna Rosenblatt was born in 1891. She was a graduate of the Women’s
Medical Institute of Saint Vladimir University, Kiev. After receiving her degree, Dr.
Rosenblatt was conscripted by and served in the Russian Army from 1917-1918, at first
as an intern and then as a captain. She was assigned to the 266th Regiment, working at
the military hospital in Ostrog, Ukraine, and was later assigned a post closer to the front.
The regiment was constricted by economic difficulties, transportation difficulties, and
growing unrest among the troops with regard to the Russian military authority.
In late 1917 the 266th regiment decided, independently of the central government, to end
their part in the war by demobilizing the troops. Dr. Rosenblatt agreed to this scheme
and, along with Dr. Henryk Zamenhof, was responsible for the diagnoses of “heart
ailments” among the majority of the members (probably in good health) of the regiment.
She herself was diagnosed with a heart ailment and received an honorable discharge in
1918. Dr. Rosenblatt was reunited with her husband, Abraham Rosenblatt, in Kiev shortly
afterward. After the war, she practiced medicine in Briceni and then Lipcani, both in
Bessarabia, Romania (now Moldova). Dr. Rosenblatt and her family immigrated to
Toronto in May, 1934. Although she fulfilled the requirements for an M.D. degree at the
University of Toronto, she chose to devote the rest of her career to social work. Dr.
Rosenblatt died in 1986.