We would like to invite you to take part in the 3rd international conference Medical Review Auschwitz: Medicine Behind the Barbed Wire, which will take place on 4–6 May 2020 in Kraków, Poland.
The conference is organised by the Polish Institute for Evidence-Based Medicine, the Kraków Medical Society, and the medical publisher Medycyna Praktyczna, in collaboration with the Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa), the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust, the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, the University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities, the Jagiellonian University, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, and the Polish Association for Spiritual Care in Medicine, under auspices of the European Federation of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians.
The aim of the conference is to educate the world's medical community about 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 or other places of imprisonment, and the ethical implications of Nazi medicine for contemporary medical practice and healthcare policy.
The conference is 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 published online in an open access format at www.mp.pl/auschwitz/journal.
Conference participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum (including places not accessible to the general public). Starting this year, the participants are also encouraged to submit posters presenting their case-study research on medicine and the Second World War. The rules of the poster contest and submission forms are available here.
Physicians coming to the conference are encouraged to spend more time in Kraków not only to experience its rich cultural life and remarkable heritage but also to take part in the McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine and the Medical Education Forum.
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.
We look forward to seeing you in Kraków in May 2020.Piotr Gajewski MD PhD FACP