Pasteur, Hippocrates, Curie, Freud, Frey. Most of us are pretty familiar with these names, as the individuals bearing them made significant scientific /medical contributions. But the name Frey might be one that most of us are less familiar with. Frey's syndrome, a type of gustatory sweating derived its name from Lucja Frey, a Polish neurologist whose life was abruptly ended during the Holocaust.
Lucja Frey was born in 1889 in Lwow Poland, where she studied medicine until she moved to Warsaw to work as a neurologist. She was a prolific author publishing 43 scientific papers throughout her career.
During the Second World War in 1941, Frey was resettled to her native town of Lwow. Sadly, the last evidence of Lucja Frey's life is in April of 1942, when she applied for a work permit issued by the German authorities.
Unfortunately, we will never really know the exact details of Lucja Frey's fate. Fortunately, her legacy does live on.