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Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program

Promoting education, scholarship and community engagement on the lessons of the Holocaust for health care and society.

Our mission is to inspire and guide health professionals to practice with competence, compassion, respect and justice, and to always uphold our duty to protect patients.  We serve as a resource for scholarship on the legacy of the Holocaust for contemporary health care and society, and we seek to create lasting partnerships between the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and like-minded community organizations.

2018 Program
Echoes of the Holocaust:
Cultivating Compassion in 21st Century Healers

2018 Invited Presenter:
Patricia Heberer-Rice, PhD
Senior Historian and Director at the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC

A traveling exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race​, was on display at the
Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities from March 20-May 22.​
Read about the exhibition in CU Anschutz Today.
Click for additional resources​.

Past 2018 Events:

April 2nd    Howie Movshovitz discussed films by Leni Riefenstahl; Olympia & Triumph of the Will​​​.
April 9th     CU Boulder Law School: How Healers Became Killers:  Law and Medicine in the Nazi Era
April 9th     Evening community presentation and panel: Children in a World of Genocide at CU Boulder
April 10th   Children's Hospital Colorado Grand Rounds: Children of the Holocaust & 21st Century Child                             and Adolescent Refugees
April 10th   Evening community panel: Stories from the World of Genocide; discussion with teen                                 refugees from Iraq along with Holocaust survivors.​
April 11th   Dept. of Medicine Grand Rounds: How Healers Became Killers: Nazi Medicine and Medical                                 Ethics at University of Colorado Hospital
April 11th   Panel Discussion at CU:  Opportunities and Innovations in Holocaust Education
April 12th   CU-Colorado Springs Campus: How Healers Became Killers: Law and Medicine in the Nazi Era
April 13th   AMC Campus: Student Breakfast with a Holocaust Historian
April 13th   CU Downtown Campus: How Healers Became Killers: Medicine in the Nazi Era
April 30th   The AMC Choir performed "In Stiller Nacht,"​ and other pieces in a concert in honor and                                  memory of the lives lost during the Holocaust.

May 6th      When Healers Became Ki​llers:  Learning from History to Protect the Future​.  Discussion led by                            Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH 

May 22nd   Deadly Medicine closing event​ featuring visiting scholar, Dr. Matthis Krischel from Germany who                        presented "Medicine and Politics in Nazi Germany, followed by a reading by Sudanese                                      refugee poet and playwright Helen Abyei. The AMC Orchestra also performed.

We thank the MB Glassman Foundation for their generous support of our 2018 programming.

Thank you to our founding sponsor, the
William S. Silvers, MD Endowment.

AMC Interprofessional Student Case-Writing Contest​​:
​Students are invited to author a short case scenario of an ethical issue that might be faced in the health professions. This first competition is inspired by the Deadly Medicine exhibit, and the case should explore an ethical topic related to lessons learned from the legacy of health professionals’ voluntary involvement in the WWII Genocides / Holocaust. First prize is $600 to the winning team.  Download flyer​ or click for details​​>>​


Holocaust survivor Jack ​Adler​, who was interviewed on CPR's Colorado Matters last spring, shared his experiences at the Fulginiti on April 10th, 2018 as part of a panel on Stories from the World of Genocide.  Also participating in the event were Holocaust survivor Rosalyn Kirkel and Iraq refugees
Sama Kareem & Marwan Nassr. 

"Lessons from the Holocaust,"​ was presented by Franziska Eckert, MD on
October 23, 2017 at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  ​​Dr. Eckert is a radiation oncologist at the University of Tuebingen in Germany, and has researched medical atrocities during the Holocaust.  She shared her personal and academic perspectives on Nazi medicine.​

Listen to the CPR Colorado Matters interview "CU Anschutz Students To Study Role Doctors Played In The Holocaust," with Center Director Matthew Wynia, MD.

View a video with Patricia Heberer-Rice, PhD, and Matthew Wynia, MD, at Misericordia University, with a presentation and a brief tour of the Deadly Medicine exhibit from The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, presented by the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust.

Support:  There are several ways to get involved in our 2018 programming:

  • Donate​ to the William S. Silvers, MD, Holocaust Genocide Contemporary Bioethics Program Fund
    to support current programming and ensure the future of this program.

  • Join our Planning Committee to help develop future events.
For information about donations, contact Allison.Krebs​ at 303-724-8227 at the CU Office of Advancement.