Pre-Conference visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

6 May, 9:00–12:45


7 May

Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology
ul. M. Konopnickiej 26, 30-302 Kraków
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To be announced

Prof. Matthew Wynia

University of Colorado, USA


The Holocaust as a critical point in the development of medical and research ethics?

Dr Stacy Gallin

Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust, USA


Medicine and morality under the Nazis

Dr Tessa Chelouche

Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust, UNESCO Chair of Bioethics (Haifa)


Long-term psychosomatic impact in holocaust offspring

Prof. Jacques Barth

University of Southern California, USA


Doctor Stefania Perzanowska the founder of the the women's camp hospital in KL Lublin

Marta Grudzińska

State Museum at Majdanek
the Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp, Poland


"The corpses are still walking ..." - a discussion about the case of German SS doctor Johann Paul Kremer

Dr Maria Ciesielska

Lazarski University, Poland


A doctor from Auschwitz called Mephisto

Helena Kubica

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, Poland


To be announced

Prof. Aleksander Skotnicki

The Jagiellonian University, Poland


To be announced

Prof. Jan Zdzisław Ryn

The Jagiellonian University, Poland


To be announced

Prof. Susan Miller

Houston Methodist Research Institute, USA

Additional topics and speakers will be announced soon


8 May

Conference Centre Faculty of Medicine
Jagiellonian University Medical College
ul. św. Łazarza 16, 31-530 Kraków
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Medical Review Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire

 9:00 Residents and students

Speakers and trainers:
Dr Tessa Chelouche, Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust, UNESCO Chair of Bioethics (Haifa)
Monika Siorek, Centre for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust
Max. number of participants: 20
Fee: 30 €
Eligible participants: Physicians and students
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes each of the two parts

Rationale: The aim of the seminars will be to present some ethical dilemmas in the historical context of medicine involvement in the Holocaust and the Second World War, with particular emphasis on the Auschwitz concentration camp. The ethical dilemmas to be discussed include human dignity, the value of life, the rights of vulnerable populations, medicine in times of conflict, physicians participation in torture, human subjects' research, medical practice under duress, and others.

Learning objectives:

  1. The aim of the introductory workshops will be to discuss the activities of National Socialist doctors and prisoners in KL Auschwitz-Birkenau. Participants will learn about the two aspects of medical practice in a concentration camp: medicine practised by SS doctors on the one hand, and on the other medical service of the prisoner physicians in the camp blocks and hospitals.
  2. The bioethical workshop will include discourse on the stories of SS doctors and prisoner doctors in addition to a commentary and discussion on this topic from a medical-ethical perspective. During the seminar we will examine testimonies of the former camp-prisoners, prisoners who were experimented on, and we will discuss memoirs by prisoner physicians and other prisoner medical personnel. We will use bibliographic material such as that presented in The Casebook on Bioethics and the Holocaust by Tessa Chelouche and Geoffrey Brahmer.

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