2nd International Conference: Medical Review - Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire". 7-8 May 2019.


The violations of medical ethics during the Second World War, with special focus on the behaviour of physicians and other medical professionals in Nazi medical institutions and concentration camps, will be the main topic of the 2nd international conference "Medical Review – Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire". It will take place in Cracow on 7-8 May 2019.


Presentations delivered during the conference will concern such topics, as: "Motivations of Nazi doctors and whether these motivations have modern day relevance", "Medicine and morality under the Nazis", "Teaching medical students about the history of doctors’ involvement in the Holocaust:
opportunities and challenges", "The case of German SS doctor Johann Paul Kremer" or "Long‑term psychosomatic impact in Holocaust offspring". 

The program, registration information and other details about the conference are available here:

Conference participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Auschwitz‑Birkenau Memorial.

The conference is a part part of the Medical Review Auschwitz project, developed with the aim of sharing with the international community the unique scientific documents 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.

The conference is organised by the Kraków Medical Society, the Polish Institute for Evidence‑Based Medicine, and the medical publisher Medycyna Praktyczna, in collaboration with the Auschwitz‑Birkenau Memorial and Museum, the Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa), the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust, the Jagiellonian University and the Polish Association for Spiritual Care in Medicine, under auspices of the European Federation of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians.

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