Mina Deutsch was born in Poland and received her medical training in Prague. As young doctors, she and her husband, Leon, were recruited by the Nazis during World War II to fight a typhus epidemic, only to be persecuted once the crisis was over. Deutsch’s strength and spirit allowed her family to survive in hiding for a year and a half during the Nazi occupation. After the war, the family immigrated to Canada and both Deutsch and her husband pursued their training in psychiatry. The family eventually settled in Montreal. Deutsch treated patients at the Douglas Hospital for over 20 years, and, on retiring from clinical work, continued to be active in research. She died on October 3, 2004.