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Saturday, June 27 • 7:50pm - 9:00pm
From Euthanasia to Mass Extermination: The Demise of the Medical Profession in the Third Reich

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Across the spectrum of medical specialties from psychiatrists to family practitioners, doctors enforced racist Nazi ideology at the expense of their integrity. Instead of taking the Hippocratic Oath at the conclusion of medical school, each physician pledged personal allegiance to Adolph Hitler. They violated the moral imperative to “do no harm” to patients in their practices and to subjects in their medical research. Nazi doctors joined the SS in the highest ratio among all the professions during the Third Reich and were among the first to “Aryanize” fully their profession (remove Jews from their ranks). Rather than “pawns” in enforcing racist ideology, requiring extermination, they were proactive “pioneers” in devising starvation rations for ghettos and camps and in perfecting the technology that resulted in the gas chambers.

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Miriam Zimmerman

Adjunct professor of Holocaust Studies, Notre Dame de Namur University
Miriam Zimmerman is a professor of Holocaust Studies at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU). She has been a presenter on the topic of Nazi physicians at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem the University of Haifa, Seton Hill University and NDNU. She is a columnist for the National Jewish Post... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 7:50pm - 9:00pm PDT
Knights Valley SC2081

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