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Speakers

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.

Presentation Title:
The First Miller Symposium, 2000: “Medicine and Medical Ethics in Nazi Germany.”

Who:
Francis R. Nicosia, Professor of History Emeritus, Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies Emeritus, University of Vermont

Bio:
Francis R. Nicosia is Professor of History Emeritus and the Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies Emeritus at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Nazi Germany and the Arab World (2015), Zionism and Anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany (2008, 2010) with the German edition Zionismus und Antisemitismus im Dritten Reich appearing in 2012, and The Third Reich and the Palestine Question (1986 and 2000). He is also co-author (with Donald Niewyk) of The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust (2001). He has edited or co-edited ten books, among them most recently, Dokumente zur Geschichte des Deutschen Zionismus 1933-1941, in the Leo Baeck Institute’s “Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen des Leo Baeck Insttituts,” Vol. 77 (2018).

Moderator:
Robert P. Ericksen, Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies (emeritus)

Bio:
Robert P. Ericksen is the author of Complicity in the Holocaust: Churches and Universities in Nazi Germany (Cambridge, 2012) and Theologians under Hitler (Yale, 1985), which appeared in German, Dutch, and Japanese translation and was turned into a documentary film of the same name (Vitalvisuals.com, 2005). He is co-editor with Susannah Heschel of Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust (Fortress, 1999) and has served on the Board of Editors of Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte since this journal was founded in 1988. He also is Chair of the Committee on Ethics, Religion and the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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.

Moderator:
Christina Pepin, Chair, School of Nursing at PLU

Moderator:
Lisa Marcus, Professor of English, PLU

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)

Moderator:
Carrie Ann Matyac

Bio:
Carrie Ann Matyac, DNP, ARNP

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:
Nichola Farron

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

Moderator:
David Simpson, Chair of Social Work at PLU

Bio:
Dr. David Simpson is Assistant Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Department of Social Work at Pacific Lutheran University. He arrives at PLU in 2016 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR), Department of Psychiatry, where he was Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Social Work. At IJR, he was the Clinic and Research Coordinator of the Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic.

As a clinician, he used Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to treat individuals across the life-span with anxiety disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Particularly, Dr. Simpson developed specific expertise in treating clients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In order to maximize treatment gains, he worked closely with families and schools to ensure these systems were addressing issues related to his clients’ symptoms. Additionally, he remains Co-Primary Investigator of a risk and protective factors research study designed to look at correlates associated with anxiety symptoms in youth. While at UIC, Dr. Simpson was the Program Evaluator for the Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC), a Treatment Services Adaptation Center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that aims to improve the lives of youth and families affected by community violence who are experiencing traumatic stress and co-occurring conditions, including substance abuse and disruptive behavior problems. Dr. Simpson was an Adjunct Professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he taught mental health practice and research classes to students in the mental health concentration.

Moderator:
Christopher R. Browning, Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Bio:
Christopher R. Browning was the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill until his retirement in May 2014. Before taking up this position in the fall of 1999, he taught for 25 years at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Browning received his B.A. degree from Oberlin College in 1967 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968 and 1975 respectively.  He is the author of eight books: The Final Solution and the German Foreign Office (1978), Fateful Months:  Essays on the Emergence of the Final Solution (1985), Ordinary Men:  Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (1992), The Path to Genocide (1992), Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers (2000), Collected Memories: Holocaust History and Postwar Testimony (2003), and The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942 (2004), and Remembering Survival. Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp (2010).  He is also co-editor of Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland (2007).

Browning has served as the J. B. and Maurice Shapiro Senior Scholar (1996) and Ina Levine Senior Scholar (2002-3) at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  He has been a fellow of the Institutes for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey, and on the campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He has also received Fulbright, Alexander von Humboldt, DAAD, and Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowships.  He has delivered the George Macaulay Trevelyan Lectures at Cambridge University (1999) and the George L. Mosse Lectures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2002), as well as the lectures of the Bertelsmann Visiting Professorship at Mansfield College, Oxford University (2007). He is a three-time recipient of the Jewish National Book Award—Holocaust Category, for Ordinary Men, The Origins of the Final Solution, and Remembering Survival.  For this last book he is also a recipient of the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research.  He was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006.

Browning has served as an expert witness in “war crimes” trials in Australia, Canada, and Great Britain.  He has also served as an expert witness in two “Holocaust denial” cases:  the second Zündel trial in Toronto in 1988 and in David Irving’s libel suit against Deborah Libstadt in London in 2000.

Friday, October 26

Presentation Title:
“Medical Science, Ethics and Saving Lives”

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:
“Women Prisoner-Doctors in 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.

Moderator:
Kirsten M. Christensen, Professor of German, PLU

Bio:
Kirsten M. Christensen earned her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies, with an emphasis on medieval and early modern literature and culture, from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. Her research has focused on writings by medieval women mystics. In particular, she explores the often fraught relationships between women mystics and their male contemporaries to understand the ways gender relations impacted women’s theologies and religious communities.

Professor Christensen’s teaching interests include not only medieval and early modern literature, but also East German and post-Unification literature and film, and language pedagogy. Before coming to PLU, she taught at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Notre Dame. She is delighted to be part of PLU’s German program, which is large enough to offer a robust variety of courses to its majors, yet small enough to allow close collaboration and exploration between students and faculty. She is particularly grateful to be able to teach language and culture at PLU, whose commitment to global awareness and citizenship provides a deeply supportive environment for language students and faculty. ~Prism 2006

Presentation Title:

Who:
Sari J. Siegel, Ph.D.,Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University

Bio:
Sari J. Siegel is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University as the 2018-2019 Geoffrey H. Hartman Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. She recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California for her dissertation “Between Coercion and Resistance: Jewish Prisoner-Physicians in Nazi Camps, 1940-1945.”

Over the course of her research and writing, she held fellowships in residence at the Institute of Contemporary History (Berlin and Munich), the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Her dissertation project also received support from the Claims Conference and the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation, among others. She has presented her research at lectures, conferences, and workshops in Denmark, England, France, Germany, Israel, and Poland, as well as the U.S. Her work has already appeared in peer-reviewed publications including Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and she has several articles in progress.

Publications:
“Treating an Auschwitz Prisoner-Physician: The Case of Dr. Maximilian Samuel,” Holocaust and Genocide Studies 28 (2014), 3: 450-481 http://academic.oup.com/hgs/article/28/3/450/628612/Treating-an-Auschwitz-PrisonerPhysician-The-Case?guestAccessKey=5ab56004-b890-4d88-9794-11c0517d6857

“The Past and Promise of Jewish Prisoner-Physicians’ Accounts,” S:I.M.O.N. – Shoah: Intervention. Methods. DocumentatiON 3 (2016), 1: 89-103 http://simon.vwi.ac.at/images/Documents/Articles/2016-1/2016-1_ART_Siegel/ART_Siegel01.pdf

Presentation Title:
“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.

Moderator:

Sergia Hay, Associate Professor of Philosophy, PLU

Bio:
Dr. Sergia Hay studied at Wellesley College, Cambridge University, Luther Seminary, and Columbia University and has previously taught philosophy in Massachusetts and Germany. At PLU since 2011, she teaches courses in applied ethics and the history of philosophy. Her area of scholarly specialization is Søren Kierkegaard and her current research investigates his views on language as well as the influence on his work by Johann Hamann, a contemporary of Kant. Dr. Hay believes that in addition to posing fascinating questions, philosophy can help us solve pressing problems like hunger and environmental degradation.

Presentation Title:
“Letters from Dachau: A Journey of Words though Rarely Spoken”

Who:
Clarice Wilsey, Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity

Bio:
Clarice Wilsey’s father, Captain David Wilsey, M.D., was an American army physician who treated survivors of Dachau Concentration Camp after liberation. He and several dozen other medical staff stayed at Dachau with thousands of former prisoners under quarantine, in order to bring some healing to the survivors. Dr. Wilsey’s letters from Dachau to his wife back home survived, and after Clarice found them in 2009, inspired her to share her father’s experiences with students and others as a member of the Holocaust Center for Humanity Speakers Bureau.

Moderator:
Dee Simon, Baral Family Executive Director, Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle, Washington

Bio:
Dee Simon, is the Baral Family Executive Director of the Holocaust Center for Humanity. A graduate of the University of Southern California’s business school, she has held positions with major corporations in the finance field and as a business consultant.

Dee has been working with the Holocaust Center for over 21 years. First as a volunteer, then a board member, followed by four terms as President of the Board. She joined the staff as Co‐Executive Director in 2006 becoming the Executive Director in 2012.

Dee serves on the board of the international Association of Holocaust Organizations.