Concentration Camp Survivor

Hans Gunther Adler, 78, who wrote about his life in concentration camps and who served as president of the P.E.N. Center German Language Authors Abroad, founded by German writers in exile from the Nazi era, died Aug. 21 at a nursing home in London after a heart attack.

Mr. Adler studied at the German University in his native Prague before becoming a poet. He was one of the last of the Prague German-Jewish writers when he was sent by the Nazis to Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1942. He spent more than three years in various concentration camps including Auschwitz, where his wife died in the gas chamber.

After the war, he returned to Prague where he taught survivors of the camps and built up Prague's Jewish Museum. He emigrated to London in 1947, married sculptor Bettina Gross, and resumed his writing. He won the Leo Baeck Prize, in 1958 for his first major book "Theresianstandt 1941-45." In 1969, he won Switzerland's Charles Veillon Prize for his novel "Panorama."


Birth Control Researcher

Dr. Charles Donald Christian, 57, a founder of the University of Arizona medical school's obstetrics and gynecology department in 1969 who later discovered the hazards of intrauterine devices, died of cancer Aug. 21 at his Tucson home. He was 57.

Dr. Christian was credited in 1974 with informing the manufacturers of the Dalkon Shield that the birth-control device was causing severe complications and death in women who used it. Data he provided led the manufacturer, A.H. Robins Co., to issue a safety warning for the product. A year later, the Robins company suspended distribution of the device at the request of the Food and Drug Administration.