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Medical Review – Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire

Date: 09.05.2018
Start Time: 9.00 a.m.
Place: Jagiellonian University
Organiser: Jagiellonian University, Krakow Medical Society, Medycyna Praktyczna website
Medical Review – Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire

The conference co-organised by the Jagiellonian University and Krakow Medical Society will cover a variety of topics related to medicine in concentration camps.





The conference will be held under the honorary auspices of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University Prof. Wojciech Nowak and the President of the Supreme Medical Council Maciej Hamankiewicz,


9 May, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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  


Accompanying events are available for registered participants of the conference. They include a special guided visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum and a visit to the Oskar Schindler’s Factory Museum (additional registration required). Physicians participating in the conference may be also interested in the 4th edition of the McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine (MIRCIM). For more information, visit the conference website.

* lecture in Polish translated simultaneously into English

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