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About the journal

Medical Review – Auschwitz (Przegląd Lekarski – Oświęcim) was an academic journal of the Kraków Medical Society (Towarzystwo Lekarskie Krakowskie) published in Polish between 1961 and 1991. It investigated the medical, psychological and social consequences of Nazi persecution in concentration camps. Medical Review – Auschwitz is a unique publication worldwide. Spanning over 10,000 pages, or over 1000 articles, the documentation is based on detailed examinations of a few thousands of former concentration camp prisoners. Medical Review – Auschwitz is a collective work of 477 authors, which to this day remains one of the most significant sources of knowledge on the pathology of war and concentration camps.

Medical Review – Auschwitz was started thanks to the efforts of two physicians and former concentration camp prisoners: Antoni Kępiński (1918–1972, prisoner of the concentration camp at Miranda de Ebro in Spain) and Stanisław Kłodziński (1918–1990, prisoner of Auschwitz-Birkenau).

The journal continued to evolve over the years, expanding in scope and discussing not only the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp – which was the creators’ original intention – but tackling issues present in all German Nazi concentration camps.

The 31 volumes of Medical Review – Auschwitz were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and 1994.

The editorial board of Medical Review – Auschwitz comprised Professor Józef Bogusz, Jan Masłowski and Professor Zdzisław Jan Ryn, among others.

About the project

The project has been developed with the aim of sharing all 31 volumes of Medical Review – Auschwitz with the international community by making the articles available free of charge online. Apart from the original volumes of Medical Review – Auschwitz, the website also hosts a selection of articles translated into English and the 1962 volume in 3 language versions (German, French and Russian).

At present, additional articles published originally in Medical Review – Auschwitz are being translated from Polish into English, with the goal of making them available online. Ultimately, the website is going to become the source of a wide range of texts from Medical Review – Auschwitz translated from Polish into numerous languages.


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.

The contents of this site reflect the views held by the authors and do not constitute the official position of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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