Program

Visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum

10 May

A special guided tour, including places not available to the public.

Conference

11 May

The Juliusz Słowacki Theatre
plac Świętego Ducha 1, 31-023 Kraków
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10:00–10:20

Welcome address

10:20–10:40

Brains from German-occupied Poland. How German neuropathologists collected brains from the Czyste and other Jewish hospitals in 1940

Prof. Paul Weindling

Oxford Brookes University, UK

10:40–11:00

The field office of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the Advancement of Science (currently Max Planck Society) in KL Auschwitz-Birkenau

Prof. Bogdan Musiał

Institute of National Remembrance, Poland

11:00–11:20

The ethical challenges of Jewish physicians in the ghettoes during the Holocaust and their present-day relevance

Dr Miriam Offer

Western Galilee College, Akko, and Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

11:20–11:40

Physicians and medical students, Righteous Among the Nations

Prof. Avi Ohry

Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

11:40–12:00

Refreshment break

12:00–12:30

Froukje Carolina de Leeuw (1916–2002): A women prisoner doctor’s view on Block 10 in Auschwitz

Prof. Hans-Joachim Lang

Universität Tübingen, Germany

12:30–12:50

Prosecuting evil. Dr Clauberg’s “harem prisoners” for research purposes

Prof. Knut Ruyter

University of Oslo, Norway

12:50–13:10

Stanisław Kłodziński: Auschwitz prisoner, physician, and social activist, co-editor of Medical Review – Auschwitz

Teresa Wontor-Cichy

State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim, Poland

13:10–13:30

“The duality of human nature.” What made Dr Mitsuo Kaneda translate Medical Review – Auschwitz into Japanese

Dr Giichiro Ohno

Tokatsu Hospital, Nagareyama, Japan

13:30–13:50

Lunch break

13:50–14:40

The role of psychiatry during the Holocaust: Perpetrators and redemption

Prof. Susan Miller

Houston Methodist Research Institute, USA

14:40–15:00

What can be learned from the Holocaust survivors’ adaptation to hunger and the long term effects of anorexia/bulimia on the cardiovascular system

Prof. Jacques Barth

University of Southern California, USA

15:00–15:20

What are the basic historical facts that every medical student should know about the history of health professional involvement in the Holocaust

Prof. Matthew Wynia

University of Colorado, USA

15:20–15:40

The Holocaust: Lessons for medicine. Our experience teaching medicine and the Holocaust for the last 8 years

Prof. Esteban González-López, Prof. Rosa Ríos-Cortés

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

15:40–16:00

The Holocaust as a lens for the future of medical ethics

Prof. Rebecca Brendel

Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, USA

16:00–17:30

Panel discussion

17:30–19:30

Dinner

19:30

Concert

Motion Trio

About the concert

Poster session

Presentation of the selected best works submitted for the Medical Review Auschwitz Poster Contest. Submissions accepted now—click the link below.

Submission rules and additional information

Workshops

12 May

 9:30–11:00

Speaker:
Katarzyna du Vall PhD, JD, Department of Journalism, Institute of Political Science and International Relations, Jagiellonian University, Kraków
Max. number of participants: 50
Eligible participants: Participants of the conference Medical Review Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire and of the Medical Review Auschwitz Scholarship Program (one group)
Duration: 90 minutes

Description: The mass extermination of mentally and physically “unfit” as well as the Holocaust did not happen suddenly. It was the final stage of a long, systematic process. Therefore, to get a better understanding of what happened in the 1940s, one should analyze ideological foundations of the Nazi eugenics and trace the implementation of racist state policy. The aim of the workshops will be to discuss the main ideas that were the core of Nazi eugenics, in particular radical racism and social Darwinism. Participants will also examine the laws passed in 1930s which were intended to put those ideas into practice. They will also learn how medicine has become one of the main instruments in introducing the racist policy. Without active participation of many doctors and nurses, the program of compulsory sterilization, forced euthanasia, and medical experiments in concentration camps would not be fully implemented.

 11:15–12:45

Speaker:
Professor Matthew Wynia MD, University of Colorado, USA
Max. number of participants: 25 in each group (2 groups)
Eligible participants: Medical Review Auschwitz Scholarship Program participants (group one), educators and students of healthcare-related fields taking part in the conference (group two)
Duration: 90 minutes

Description: Dr Wynia will be presenting a set of proposed core learning objectives for health sciences students who are learning about the roles of health professionals in the Holocaust. In this workshop, we will dissect these learning objectives and perhaps re-write, augment, or otherwise change them. The aim is for Scholarship recipients and program faculty to develop a consensus set of learning objectives that we agree every health sciences student, everywhere in the world, should achieve prior to graduation.

 13:00–14:30

Speaker:
Professor Susan M. Miller MD, MPH, FACP, FAAFP, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Methodist Academic Institute USA
Max. number of participants: 25 in each group (2 groups)
Eligible participants: Medical Review Auschwitz Scholarship Program participants (group one), educators and students of healthcare-related fields taking part in the conference (group two)
Duration: 90 minutes

Description: The workshop will serve to describe the responsibilities and conflicts experienced by clinicians in patient care, the professional expectations and required behaviors of the health care delivery team, understand the unexplored consequences for clinicians, patients and society in the misapplication of personal beliefs, and explore mechanisms to address the different ethical and legal perspectives of clinicians, health care delivery systems, patients and society.

 14:45–16:15

Speaker:
Dr Maciej Mazurkiewicz, PhD, and Dr Rafał Leśkiewicz, PhD, the Institute of National Remembrance–Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation
Max. number of participants: 50
Eligible participants: Conference participants and Medical Review Auschwitz Scholarship Program participants
Duration: 90 minutes

Description: The workshops will consist of two parts.
Part 1. Legal and historical issues on the Polish territory under German occupation during the II World War
The first part of the workshops will be conducted by Dr Maciej Mazurkiewicz, who will present the legal and historical issues on the Polish territory under the German occupation during the II World War, focusing on the legal and organizational foundations of the Third Reich which provided the basis for conducting medical experiments in concentration camps.
Part 2. Specific cases of medical and paramedical experiments on prisoners—based on the extant documentation
The second presentation will be delivered by Dr Rafał Leśkiewicz, who will discuss specific cases of medical and paramedical experiments on prisoners based on materials collected by the archives of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance and investigations on the crimes committed in Auschwitz. During the presentation Dr Leśkiewicz will present original documents confirming the experiments in question, as well as testimonies and reports of their human subjects.

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

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