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

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.


Added: Wednesday 3rd May, 2017