Nazi Medicine, Collective Evil, and the Role of Physicians during the Holocaust A Special Lecture by Dr. Sal Mangione

The Legacy Good Samaritan Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Judaic Studies, the Oregon Jewish Museum and the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center invite you to  invite you to this special lecture on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 7pm


Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
Auditorium, Building 2
1040 NW 22 nd Ave
Portland, Oregon 97210

Free and open to the public
Almost seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz the horror of the Shoah remains as haunting to mankind as ever, as indicated by countless books, documentaries, and monographs dedicated to the subject. German doctors were the most heavily nazified profession in the Third Reich, with every second male physician becoming a party member between 1933 and 1945. In fact, many physicians were perpetrators, who not only provided “scientific” legitimization and manpower to domestic campaigns of sterilization and euthanasia, but who themselves participated in pseudo-scientific experiments on concentration camp prisoners. Ultimately these crimes led to the Nuremberg’s “Doctors’ Trial” of 1947, with six physicians receiving prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life, and seven being instead condemned to death.

Ironically, while American judges were sending German physicians to the gallows for experimenting on Poles, Russians and Jews, American physicians from the Department of Public Health were doing exactly the same on fellow-Americans (the Tuskegee experiment) plus close to 3,000 Guatemalan citizens (something that surfaced only recently). This presentation will explore not only the problem of collective evil and its “banality” (i.e. what makes “normal” individuals — with mortgages, wives and pets — wake up one morning and decide to slaughter the grandmother next door), but also why
physicians often became perpetrators.

Dr. Sal Mangione is a clinician-educator with a long interest in Physical Diagnosis, Medical History and community service. After obtaining his MD summa cum laude from the Catholic University of Rome, Dr. Mangione trained in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, before eventually moving to Jefferson Medical College where he is currently Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency, Director of the second year Physical Diagnosis Course, and coordinator for the History of Medicine lecture series and the Jefferson Medical Cineforum.

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