We would like to invite you to take part in the international conference Medical Review - Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire, which will take place on 9 May 2018 in Kraków, Poland.
The conference is organized by the Kraków Medical Society and the medical publisher Medycyna Praktyczna in collaboration with the Jagiellonian University and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

The conference is on the pseudo-medical experiments carried out on the prisoners of Nazi German concentration camps, the consequences of imprisonment in those camps to inmates' health and the ethical implications of Nazi medicine for contemporary medical practice.

Unique scientific documents will be presented at the conference that were published over 31 years (1961–1991) in the medical journal Przegląd Lekarski – Oświęcim (Medical Review – Auschwitz).
Articles from this journal are being successively translated into English and made available on the website.

Conference participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum (including places not available to the public) and the Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum. Physicians coming to the conference are encouraged to spend more time in Kraków not only to experience its rich cultural life and remarkable heritage, but also to take part in the McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine (more information on

We hope that this conference will make a significant contribution to further the understanding of the dark history of Nazi medicine in Nazi German concentration camps, and help the international community draw a lesson for future generations.

We look forward to seeing you in Kraków in May 2018.

Igor Gościński MD, PhD
President, Kraków Medical Society
Piotr Gajewski MD, PhD, FACP
Editor-in-Chief, Medycyna Praktyczna

Honorary Patronage

Jarosław Gowin
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Science and Higher Education
Republic of Poland

Piotr Gliński
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Culture and National Heritage
Republic of Poland

Jacek Czaputowicz
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Republic of Poland

Łukasz Szumowski
Minister of Health
Republic of Poland

Jarosław Szarek
President of the Institute of National Remembrance

Wojciech Nowak
Rector of the Jagiellonian University

Maciej Hamankiewicz
President of the Supreme Medical Council

A public task co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of Public Diplomacy 2018 (Dyplomacja Publiczna 2018) competition.

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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