Medical Review – Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire. International conference.


Pseudo-medical experiments carried out on the prisoners of German Nazi concentration camps and the consequences of imprisonment in those camps to inmates' health will be the main topics of the international conference "Medical Review – Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire". It will take place in Cracow on 9 May 2018.


The conference is organized by the Kraków Medical Society and the medical publisher Medycyna Praktyczna in collaboration with the Jagiellonian University and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial
and Museum.

Another topic of the conference is the ethical implications of Nazi medicine for contemporary medical practice. Unique scientific documents will be presented at the conference that were  ublished 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 online:

Two lectures will be delivered by historians from the Research Center of the Auschwitz Museum. Dr. Piotr Setkiewicz will talk about selections carried out by SS doctors in the hospitals of the Auschwitz concentration camp and Dr. Jacek Lachendro will be talking about assistance dispensed to Auschwitz survivors in 1945 by Polish doctors and medical personnel.

"We hope that this conference will make a significant contribution to further the understanding of the dark history of Nazi medicine in Nazi German concentration camps, and help the international community draw a lesson for future generations," wrote the organizers.

Conference participants will also have the opportunity to have a special study guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum as well as the Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum.

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