The project

Medical Review Auschwitz project is developed as a platform for international academic discussion on the medical aspects and consequences of the Nazi German persecution in the concentration camps, including the history of physicians’ involvement in the Holocaust on the one hand, and on the other the heroic stances of prisoner doctors and other medical practitioners interned in the camps who acted in defiance of the machine of genocide, as well as the implications of the wartime medical history for present-day bioethics and medical practice. Read more...

The journal

Medical Review – Auschwitz was a scientific journal published annually from 1961 to 1991 by the Kraków Medical Society. The periodical started as a reaction of the Cracovian physicians, many of them Nazi German camp survivors themselves, to the unprecedented medical consequences that internment in concentration camps had for prisoners, resulting in pioneering research, including that on posttraumatic stress disorder. It included over 1,000 articles based on detailed examinations of thousands of former prisoners and reflections of survivors who were medical practitioners or professionals in medicine-related fields themselves, bringing a unique perspective into the research presented. For a long time unavailable for the international community, Medical Review – Auschwitz is now being successively translated into English and made available in open access. Read more...

The conference

Medical Review Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire is an annual international conference organized since 2018 intended to educate the world’s medical community about the violations of medical ethics during the Second World War, the spectrum of medical professionals’ stances in the face of the concentration camps—from the criminal to the heroic—and the contemporary ethical implications of Nazi medicine and healthcare policy. The event is organized as a joint effort of a number of institutions from Poland, Israel, and the US. Read more...


Lectures from the conference

A public task implemented within the DIALOG Program of the Ministry of Education and Science


A public task co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of Public Diplomacy 2017 (Dyplomacja Publiczna 2017) competition, Cooperation in Public Diplomacy 2017 (Współpraca w dziedzinie dyplomacji publicznej 2017) component.

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