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Sapienza for the Memory of the Shoah
Sapienza for the Memory of the Shoah

Mon, 15 Apr



Sapienza for the Memory of the Shoah

Time & Location

15 Apr 2024, 09:00 CEST – 17 Apr 2024, 16:00 CEST

Latina, 04100 Latina, Province of Latina, Italy

About the event

In Latina two important events of Sapienza University of Rome on the topic of Medicine and the Shoah, as part of the "Sapienza for the Memory of the Shoah" third mission activities.

On the 15th and 17th of April, two congress events on the topic of Medicine and Shoah, eugenics and medical bioethics will be held in Latina, Lazio, Italy. Speakers from various disciplinary fields - contemporary historians, doctors, and medical historians - will participate. The presence of witnesses of the Holocaust of disabled people and of Italian Jewish and Rom communities is essential to reinforce the message on the importance of memory regarding the role of doctors in the Nazi extermination project. Within the initiative, the exhibition entitled "Medicine and Shoah. From Nazi experimentation to bioethics" is presented. The exhibition is curated by historians of medicine, historians and doctors from Sapienza University of Rome, in collaboration with Italian stakeholders, Foundations and Entities specialized in the history of Shoah. It consists of 32 roll-up panels and has been exhibited since 2016 in more than 10 Italian venues, and will be set up in the months of April and May at the Piana delle Orme museum in the province of Latina, Lazio, Italy. From April 17th to April 22nd, the exhibition will be set up in Palazzo M (originally named Palazzo Mussolini) in Latina. The exhibition traces the history of eugenics to the racial and extermination policies of the III Reich, with particular focus on the role of doctors in the program of extermination of the disabled, Jews, and Roma, and on the experiments conducted in the camps on prisoners used as laboratory guinea pigs. It highlights how the Nuremberg trials of Nazi doctors paved the way for reflections on the legality of the purposes and methods of experimental research, up to the current provisions of medical bioethics and the practice of informed consent as an expression of humanitarian laws in good medical practices.

For more details contact: Prof. Livia Ottolenghi

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