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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 was the main topics of the international conference "Medical Review – Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire". It took place in Cracow on 9 May 2018.


Fot. Aleksander Hordziej
Fot. Aleksander...
Fot. Aleksander Hordziej
Fot. Aleksander...

The conference was 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 was the ethical implications of Nazi medicine for contemporary medical practice. Unique scientific documents were be presented at the conference that had been 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 online:

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

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"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 also had 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.