9 May, 9:00–14:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Panel discussion


* Lecture in Polish translated simultaneously into English.

Attendance at the conference is free of charge.



Accompanying events

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

8 May, 9:00–12:00
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.

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

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

Wojciech Nowak
Rector of the Jagiellonian University

Maciej Hamankiewicz
President of the Supreme Medical Council

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