Moshe Krieger, Medical Student, Nancy 1907

    Yüzbaşı Dr. Moshe Krieger Captain in the Ottoman Army, the First World War

    The Tenth Zionist Congress (Basel, 1911) Dr. Yechiel Chlenov at the presidium representing the Zionists of Russia

    Handwritten poem by Rachel the poetess (Rachel Bluwstein), Hadassah Hospital in Safed, the 1920

    “The doctor observes and comments today her eyes are red did she try to see beyond the mountain I shall smile and bow my head to say it is true, right it is…”





    Dr. Moshe Krieger 1885-1975

    Dr. Moshe Krieger 1885-1975

    Physician, pioneer and humanist. Born in Lithuania, studied in the Telz
    Yeshiva (rabbinical college) and in Universities in Berlin, Giessen, Nancy and
    Paris, where he served as chairman of the Zionist Student Organization.
    Immigrated to Palestine in 1912, volunteered for the Ottoman army and
    served in Constantinopole during the Balkan Wars. After the war he
    served as the Colony (Moshava) Doctor in Zikhron Yaakov and Hadera. At
    the First World War Dr. Krieger was recruited again as Yüzbaşı (Captain),
    a medical officer in the Ottoman army and served in the Sinai Desert
    front, in Palestine and in Lebanon. During the war he treated patients
    in Kfar-Saba and in Damascus, among the jews who were expelled
    from Palestine. During 1920-1926 Dr. Krieger served as physician and
    Director of the Hadassah Hospital in Safed and was the Chairman of
    the Jewish Community there. In 1923 he participated in the 13th Zionist
    Congress in Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia. Dr. Krieger settled in Tel-Aviv in
    1927 as a private doctor. In 1929 he married Dr. Fanni Chlenov and later
    they had their two children Nira and Yechiel. 1934 saw the foundation of
    the Krieger House on 71 Rothschild Boulevard, which also housed Dr.
    Krieger’s clinic. Among his patients were the writers Hayim Nahman Bialik,
    Rachel the poetess, Uri-Zvi Grinberg, Anda Pinkerfeld, The Hazon Ish,
    Rabbi Yizhak Yedidia Frenkel, Actors Hanna Rovina, Menahem Gnessin,
    Shimon Finkel, Aharon Meskin, Minister Bechor-Shalom Shitrit, painters
    Moshe Castel and Lea Nikel. Dr. Krieger was active in public affairs as
    the Chairman of the Jewish Medical Association of Palestine, Chairman
    of the Executive Committee of the Anti-Tuberculosis League in Israel,
    member of the committee for the foundation of Tel-Aviv’s first Museum
    of Art and Chairman of the Friends of Habima Theatre, working towards
    the opening of the national theatre’s house.

    Dr. Fanny Chlenov-Krieger 1898-1977

    Dr. Fanny Chlenov-Krieger 1898-1977

    Pediatrician and Chairwoman of the Organization of Women
    Physicians in Israel.
    Born in Moscow, daughter of Zionist leader and physician Dr. Yechiel
    Chlenov. Trained in Medicine in Königsberg and Berlin and immigrated
    to Palestine in 1924. Worked in the Youth Village ‘Meir Shfeya’ and
    in the Hadassah Hospitals in Jerusalem and Safed, where she met
    Dr. Moshe Krieger. They married in 1929 and had their children Nira
    and Yechiel. In the 1930s Dr. Chlenov-Krieger established together
    with Dr. Shapira a sanatorium for children in Tel-Aviv, bearing the
    name ‘Lataf’. During the Second World War she volunteered for
    the British Army, acting as Captain. Dr. Chlenov-Krieger worked for
    years in clinics and healed patients until her last day.

    Dr. Moshe Krieger on his balcony at 71 Rothschild Blvd.

    Note from the actress Hanna Rovina: To the dear Dr. Krieger, Who heals the body and encourages the spirit. Thank you! H.Rovina

    Rivka and Dr. Yechiel Chlenov and their children

    The family near the beach in Tel-Aviv, the 1940s. Clockwise: Captain Dr. Fanny Chlenov-Krieger during her service in the British Army, her nephew Yechiel Chlenov, Yechiel Krieger, Nira Krieger-Dan, Dr. Moshe Krieger

    Dr. Fanny Chlenov-Krieger and her children

    Lataf – Children’s Sanatorium established by Dr. M. Shapira and Dr. F. Chlenov in Tel-Aviv

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