The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Wiener Library Blog

List of Postings Add a comment

New Exhibition: Science + Suffering: Victims and Perpetrators of Nazi Medical Experiments

Posted by Leah Sidebotham, Wednesday 3rd May, 2017

exhibitions news

Series of three photographs showing an inmate in Auschwitz

The Wiener Library is pleased to announce its next exhibition, Science + Suffering: Victims and Perpetrators of Nazi Medical Experiments, opening on 17 May. Based on the ground-breaking research of Wellcome Trust Professor at Oxford Brookes, Paul Weindling, this exhibition sheds new light on coerced experimentation in Nazi-dominated Europe, revealing it was much more than ‘pseudo-science’.

Many respected German scientists, research institutes and funding bodies were intimately involved in coerced human experiments and research. Physicians, medical students and researchers seized upon opportunities offered by war and genocide to advance scientific agendas, without regard for the moral and ethical consequences of human exploitation.

Through the portraits of victims and perpetrators, the exhibition explores the legacy of medical research under Nazism and its impact on bioethics today. The exhibition will feature first-hand accounts from survivors and perpetrators of experiments; medical publications by Nazi doctors, including Josef Mengele’s dissertation; and a letter from the Reich Physicians Chamber delivered to a Jewish doctor terminating his right to practice.

The exhibition includes a series of related talks and film screenings designed to explore the topic in more depth. For more information, click here.

The exhibition will be on view during our opening hours:

Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Tuesdays: 10 am – 7 pm

Note that this exhibition is not suitable for under 16s.


Please report misuse to our Education team.


Add a comment

Your e-mail address will not be revealed to the public.
HTML is forbidden, but line-breaks will be retained.
This can be a URL of an image or a YouTube video, etc (we'll handle the media embedding from there!)
This is to prevent automatic submissions.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear immediately.