9 May, 9:00–15:00

9.00-9.30   Welcome address

9.30-9.50   Medical Review – Auschwitz: the concept and its creators*
Prof. Zdzisław Jan Ryn
Jagiellonian University, Poland

9.50-10.10   Selections carried out by SS doctors in the hospitals of the Auschwitz concentration camp*
Dr. Piotr Setkiewicz
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

10.10-10.30   Nazi German physicians: the antithesis of humanitarian medicine
Prof. Aleksander Skotnicki
Jagiellonian University, Poland

10.30-10.50   Block 10: the experimental block in the women’s camp at Auschwitz*
Dr. Maria Ciesielska
Lazarski University, Poland

10.50-11.10   Pseudo-medical experiments in the Ravensbrück concentration camp: a survivor’s story*
Dr. Wanda Półtawska

11.10-11.30   Ethical transgressions in anatomical science during the Third Reich: the trace to Auschwitz
Prof. Sabine Hildebrandt
Harvard University, USA

11.30-12.00   Coffee break

12.00-12.20   The evolution of the KZ-syndrome through the generations*
Prof. Zdzisław Jan Ryn
Jagiellonian University, Poland

12.20-12.40   Assistance dispensed to Auschwitz survivors in 1945 by Polish doctors and medical personnel*
Dr. Jacek Lachendro
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

12.40-13.00   Ethical implications of Nazi medicine for current medical practice, healthcare policy and human rights endeavors
Dr. Stacy Gallin
Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust, USA

13.00-14.00   Panel discussion

14.00-15.00   Lunch


* Lecture in Polish translated simultaneously into English.

Accompanying events

The accompanying events are available for registered participants of the conference.

8 May, 9:00–12:45
A special guided visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum – including places not available to the public
The number of places is limited. Separate registration required.

Participants will be picked up in Kraków and transferred by bus to the museum, which is situated about 50 km west of Kraków. The bus departs at 7:00 from plac Jana Matejki 2 in Kraków.
If you would prefer to organize your own transport, please arrive at the car park in front of the museum at 8:30.

9 May, 16:00–18:00
Visit to the Oskar Schindler’s Factory Museum
Introduction by Prof. Aleksander Skotnicki and a guided tour
The number of places is limited. Separate registration required.

10–12 May
Physicians participating in the conference on May 9th may be also interested in the 4th edition of the McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine (MIRCIM).
For more information please visit

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