Mr Michael Magazanik
'Silent Shock: the men behind the thalidomide scandal and an Australian family's long road to justice'
May 6th 2017
The baby started to come out. Head first, everything ok. But then I saw that there were no arms. And then no legs. The little girl had only a torso and a head.
‘Silent Shock’ exposes the fifty-year cover up of the most notorious drug ever – the thalidomide scandal killed or damaged up to 15,000 babies across the world. The story details the disaster, exposes the subsequent cover-up and records the heroism of the survivors. It features a German drug company, the inventor of thalidomide, which was so bizarre and brazen that in the aftermath of the disaster it appointed a man convicted of mass murderer at Auschwitz to serve as the chairman of its board.
Michael Magazanik was one of Lyn’s lead lawyers and, as a former journalist, he turned to writing the book when the litigation ended.