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Wednesday, October 24

Commentator Title:
Video: “Caring Corrupted: The Killing Nurses of the Third Reich”

Presentation Title:
“Lessons From Nazi Germany for Today’s Healthcare Providers”

Who:
Cathy L. Rozmus, Ph.D., R.N. Vice Dean UTH

Bio:
Cathy L. Rozmus PhD, RN is PARTNERS Professor and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is Assistant Vice President for Institutional Assessment and Enhancement in the UTHealth Office of Academic and Research Affairs. She also is a Faculty Associate in the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Medicine after the Holocaust.

Dr. Rozmus’ research interests include health behavior decision making and health professions education. Her more recent research is in ethics education for health care professionals.

Benedict, S. & Rozmus, C. (2014). Chapter 7: Nurses and human subjects research during the Third Reich and now. In S. Rubenfeld and S, Benedict (Eds). Human Subjects Research After the Holocaust (pp. 87-98). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/.978-3-319-05702-6 7.

Benedict, S. & Shields, L. (2014). Nurses and midwives in Nazi Germany: The
“euthanasia programs”. New York: Routledge.

Thursday, October 25

Presentation Title:
“The torturous killing of Anna Maria Buller – the role of nurses in the killing of sick persons under the Nazi regime”
Who:
Thomas Foth, R.N., M.Ed., Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa.

Bio:
“Thomas Foth, R.N., M.Ed., Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa. His fields of interest include history of nursing, critical analysis of nursing practice, nursing theories and epistemology, ethics, nursing care provided to marginalized populations, power relationships between healthcare professionals and patients, and finally, gender issues in nursing.

Presentation Title:
“Memories of Gusen: U.S Army Nurses’ Reflections on Witnessing the Liberation of a Concentration Camp”

Who:
Ms. Carli Snyder, doctoral student in the History Ph.D. program at the City University of New York Graduate Center

Bio:
Ms. Carli Snyder is a doctoral student in the History Ph.D. program at the City University of New York Graduate Center, under the direction of Dagmar Herzog. She teaches World History courses at Brooklyn College and also serves as a Holocaust Education Intern at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan. Her current research focuses on Holocaust testimonies recorded in the United States during the 1990s. Snyder graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2017 with a B.A. in History and Women’s and Gender Studies and a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. She was awarded PLU’s Mayer Summer Research Fellowship in 2015 and 2016.

Presentation Title:
“Physical Perpetrators in the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp, 1938-45: An Overview of Biographies and Medical Crimes Committed”

Who:
Jessica Tannenbaum, M.D.

Bio:
Jessica Tannenbaum graduated from Munich medical school in 2004 and defended her medical doctorate thesis in 2016 at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). Simultaneously to her research on the medical history of concentration camp Flossenbürg, she worked as a museum docent (in German, English, and French) for the Flossenbürg memorial site. She has published her Dr. med. dissertation with Peter Lang Publishers in 2017. Currently, she is in the second year of her MA program in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Calgary, where she has also been admitted to the Ph.D. program in History starting this fall. Her MA-thesis analyses autopsy reports from camp Flossenbürg. Jessica’s supervisor is Dr. Frank W. Stahnisch.

Moderator:
Professor of English, PLU

Lisa Marcus

Presentation Title:
“Routine Pharmacological Procedures Against Women in Auschwitz: An Unspoken Narrative”

Who:
Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Ph.D.

Bio:
Dr. Peggy J. Kleinplatz is Professor of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Psychology and Director of Sex and Couples Therapy Training at the University of Ottawa. She is a clinical psychologist, Board Certified in Sex Education and as a Diplomate and Supervisor of Sex Therapy. In 2015, Kleinplatz received the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counsellors and Therapists’ Professional Standard of Excellence Award. She has a particular interest in sexual health in the elderly, disabled and marginalized populations.

Bouman, W. & Kleinplatz, P.J. (Eds.) (2016). Sexuality and Ageing New York: Taylor & Francis.

Kleinplatz, P.J. (Ed.) (2012). New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives (2nd Ed). New York: Routledge.

Presentation Title:
“Manipulating Birth to Implement Genocide”

Who:
Dr. Beverley Chalmers (D.Sc.(Med);Ph.D.)

Bio:
Dr. Chalmers’ (D.Sc.(Med);Ph.D.) research specializes in examining the birth experiences of women in difficult religious, social, political and economic situations. These settings reveal challenging circumstances ranging from political and economic repression in Apartheid South Africa, and in the former Soviet Union, religiously inspired cruelty of female genital mutilation, and over-medicalization of birth in the technologically developed world. None of these, however, comes anywhere close to matching the horrors experienced by those whom the Nazi regime targeted for reproductive and sexual manipulation, and, in the case of Jewish women and babies, extermination. She is an internationally renowned academic with over 290 publications and over 450 conference presentations and addresses to her credit.

She has two doctoral degrees: a Doctorate of Science in Medicine (D.Sc. (Med)) and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Her book, “Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women’s Voices under Nazi Rule “(2015) has been awarded twelve book awards. These include: a USA Jewish Book Award (Women’s Studies), a Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature (History), a Canadian Jewish Literary Award (Holocaust Studies), a CHOICE ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ Award, an International Book Award (History), and a Montaigne Medal for thought provoking books.

Presentation Title:
“Mengele at Auschwitz: Reconstructing the Twins”

Who:
Paul Weindling, Ph.D.

Bio:
Paul Weindling is Research Professor in History of Medicine at Oxford Brookes University. In 2016-17 he was Senior Fellow of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute, and in 2018 Fellow of the City of Vienna at the IFK Vienna.

Honours include Membership of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina since December 2014. From 2015 he holds the Anneliese Maier Prize awarded by the Humboldt Foundation. From 2017 he is part of a group researching the life histories of victims of brain research and the post-WW2 history of the brain specimens. Since 2003 on the Council of Management and Trustee CARA (Council for At-Risk Academics), originally Academic Assistance Council, founded in 1933 to assist academics displaced by Nazism and other authoritarian regimes.

He was on advisory commissions concerning: 1. National Socialism for the President of the Max Planck Gesellschaft, 1999-2004; 2. the Robert Koch Institute under National Socialism, 2005-9; 3. the German Association of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Neurology (DGPPN), 2010-2012, and is now Honorary Member of the DGPPN; 4. to research the medical faculty of the Reich University Strassburg; 5. Austrian neurology under National Socialism.

His research interests cover eugenics, international health organizations, and coerced experiments/ research under National Socialism. Publications include Health, Race and German Politics between National Unification and Nazism (1989), Epidemics and Genocide in Eastern Europe 1890-1945 (2000), Nazi Medicine and the Nuremberg Trials: From Medical War Crimes to Informed Consent (2004), John W. Thompson, Psychiatrist in the Shadow of the Holocaust (2010), and Victims and Survivors of Nazi Human Experiments: Science and Suffering in the Holocaust (2014).

He recently edited 3 collections:

  1. From Clinic to Concentration Camp: Reassessing Nazi Medical and Racial Research, 1933-1945 (Abingdon: Routledge, in press)
  2. with Herwig Czech, Österreichische Ärzte und Ärztinnen im Nationalsozialismus. DOEW Jahrbuch (Vienna: DOEW, 2017)
  3. with Herwig Czech & Christiane Druml,, “Medical Ethics in the 70 Years after the Nuremberg Code, 1947 to the Present”, Wiener klinische Wochenschrift (Special Issue, June 2018)

Presentation Title:
“Doctors Ensnared between Hitler and Stalin: German Medical Scientists in the USSR”

Who:
David Zimmerman, Ph.D., Department of History, University of Victoria

Bio:
David Zimmerman is Professor of Military History at the University of Victoria. He is the author of Britain’s Shield: Radar and the Defeat of the Luftwaffe; Top Secret Exchange: The Tizard Mission and the Scientific War; The Great Naval Battle of Ottawa; and Maritime Command Pacific: The Royal Canadian Navy in the Pacific during the Early Cold War. He has published three articles on the early history of the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, the British academic rescue organization; as well as an article on Canada and the academic refugee crisis. He is currently writing a book titled, “Ensnared Between Hitler and Stalin: The Incredible Story of Academic Refugees in the USSR.” He is also president of the Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society.

Presentation Title:
“‘Russian’ Victims of Nazi Medicine – Moving from Lists to Biographies”

Who:
Nicola Farron

Bio:

Publications (all articles)
‘Rascher and the “Russians” – Human Experimentation on Soviet Prisoners in Dachau, A New Perspective’ in From clinic to concentration camp : reassessing Nazi medical and racial research, 1933-1945 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017

‘The victims of unethical human experiments and coerced research under National Socialism’, Paul Weindling, Anna von Villiez, Aleksandra Loewenau, Nichola Farron, Endeavour (Volume 40, Issue 1, March 2016, Pages 1–6)

‘Nameless Victims: Nazi Human Experiments on Russians in WWII: Statistics, Stories and Stereotypes’ Included in Justice, Politics & Memory in Europe After the Second World War: Volume 2: Landscapes after Battle, Eds. Suzanna Bardgett, David Cesaraniet al Vallentine Mitchell & Co. Ltd, London2011

Friday, October 26

Presentation Title:
“Coercion is not Collaboration: Jewish Doctors and Coercion”

Who:
Prof. Naomi Baumslag, M.D., M.P.H.

Bio:
Professor Naomi Baumslag is a South African graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She practiced in clinics located in the African townships of Alexandria and Soweto. She left South Africa for political reasons during the apartheid years. In South Africa she was awarded a WHO fellowship for her research on megaloblastic anemia.

After moving to the United States Prof. Baumslag was awarded a public health fellowship to John Hopkins School of Public Health, where she obtained an M.P.H. in Public Health. She served on the faculties of Cincinnati, Emory, Georgetown and Tulane Medical Schools.

Prof. Baumslag held positions at Human Health Services, USAID and UNICEF in the field of international maternal and infant nutrition and health care. She served on the Human Rights Committee of the APHA and on the Health Advisory Committee of International La Leche League. Prof. Baumslag presents at national and international conferences on infant nutrition and health care.

In 2006 Prof. Baumslag’s definitive work on medical atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II, Murderous Medicine, was published (Praeger Press). It was reprinted in 2014 and she continues to be invited to present on the subject at conferences around the world.

Publications
Murderous Medicine Nazi Doctors Human Experimentation and Typhus, Praeger press 2006 reprinted 2014.

Typhus Epidemic Containment as Resistance to Nazi Genocide; p39 in Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust, edited by Michael Grodin, Berghahn books, 2014.

Coercion is not Collaboration: Ethics and Agonizing Decisions; pp111-112, abstracts, Second Conference on Medicine in the Holocaust and Beyond, 2017, western Galilee, Israel.

Presentation Title:
“Prisoner-Doctors at Auschwitz”

Who:
Claude Romney, Ph.D.

Bio:
Born and educated in Paris, Claude Romney holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris VIII. She has taught at universities in France, England and Canada and is now Professor Emerita of French at the University of Calgary.

Her publications bear on topics ranging from Applied Linguistics (including Translation), to French Canadian Literature, as well as the Holocaust, particularly the written testimonies of Auschwitz prisoner-doctors, which she has been working on for many years. On this topic she has presented papers in North America, Europe and Australia, and has also published articles and book chapters. Her book, based on the writings of fifty-nine former Auschwitz prisoner-doctors, men and women arrested in almost all the countries occupied by the Nazis, will (hopefully!) be published soon. She is the daughter of one of those prisoner-doctors.

She now lives in Vancouver where she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Child Survivors’ Group and regularly talks about the Holocaust to school and university students. She is a Life Fellow of the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Remembrance and Education.

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“Legacy of the Nuremberg Code: 70th Anniversary”

Who:
Susan M. Miller M.D., M.P.H., FACP, FAAFP

Bio:
Susan M. Miller M.D., M.P.H., FACP, FAAFP, is the John S. Dunn, Sr. Research Chair in General Internal Medicine at the Houston Methodist and is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Institute of Academic Medicine, Houston Methodist Research Institute. She is an Associate Professor, Weill Medical College, Cornell University. Dr. Miller is the Deputy Chief in the Department of Family Medicine at The Methodist Hospital. Dr. Miller is currently the senior Chair of the Institutional Review Board of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and is the Director of the Chao Program for International Research Ethics.

Dr. Miller has provided consultation work to health care institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Cameroon, the Philippines, South Korea, and Monterrey. She is the Vice-Chair for the Center for Medicine After the Holocaust (Houston) and a board member of the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust, and is a co-founder of the Center for Medicine after the Holocaust-Ukraine where she is also a board member of the Scientific Council of the Informational Center of Bioethics – Ukraine. In addition, Dr. Miller is the Vice-Chair of the Executive Advisory Board of CITI and has an honorary faculty position at the Tomsk Regional Center for AIDS and Other Infectious Diseases in Tomsk, Siberia.

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