Who became the prototype of Dr. Dolittle of the famous tales Chukovsky

Кто стал прототипом Доктора Айболита из знаменитой сказки Чуковского

Who became the prototype of Dr. Dolittle of the famous tales Chukovsky
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Dr. Shabad is always ready to take care for animals, which brought him the townspeople, and many he was able to save.

On the street Masino in Vilnius can see the very moving sculpture: an elderly man in a hat with a cane gently smiling girl holding a kitten. Few tourists know that this is not just abstract characters, and the monument to this outstanding doctor. If you come closer, next to the figures you can see the inscription: “the Citizen of the city of Vilnius Dr. Camacho the Shabad, the prototype of the good doctor Dolittle”.

Кто стал прототипом Доктора Айболита из знаменитой сказки Чуковского

The stone monument Camacho the Shabad. Photo: wikipedia.org

Dr. Shabad is always ready to take care for animals, which brought him the townspeople (well, just could not refuse!), and many he was able to save.

The Vilnius noticed a surprising fact: the Tzemach Shabad virtually had no enemies. Doing social work, he was extremely kind and accommodating, and it’s just disarmed even the harshest of people.

The bronze monument of the Shabad as the prototype of the hero of the tale Chukovsky appeared in the Lithuanian capital in 2007. The author of the composition in Vilnius became a local sculptor Romualdas Romualdas kvintas, known for his work both at home and in Europe. According to him, the sculpture of the doctor he created photo Tzemach, which remained after his death, and the girl depicted near the doctor, it’s her that the good doctor “treated” from malnutrition, or rather, fed. According to urban legend, when the young lady recovered, in gratitude, she gave the doctor a cat.

Кто стал прототипом Доктора Айболита из знаменитой сказки Чуковского

Tsemakh Shabad. Photo: wikipedia.org

Chukovsky was familiar with the Shabad and stayed in his flat in Vilnius.

Here is what Korney Chukovsky about it:

It was the kindest man I’ve known in my life. He was treating poor children free of charge. Will come, happened, to it slender girl, he tells her: “You want me to you got the prescription? No, you will help the milk come to me every morning, and you get two glass of milk”. And in the morning, I noticed a long queue. Children not only have visited him, but brought their animals.” Small townspeople doted in good doctor, they just came with their own secrets and questions, and he talked to them as adults, not deny it and medical assistance to them and their Pets, treating cats, dogs, pigeons, though I never was a vet.”

REFERENCE “KP”:

Tsemakh Shabad was born on 5 Feb 1864. After graduation from medical school Dr. Shabad was sent to Astrakhan to fight a cholera epidemic, and then moved to Vilnius, where he opened a medical practice, worked in the city Council, kept on own funds a canteen for the poor and a shelter for the homeless.

Died Dr. Shabad in 1935. To accompany him on his last journey went almost the whole Vilnius. Behind the coffin marched a crowd, consisting of more than thirty thousand citizens.

 

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