Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program

​Promoting education, scholarship and community engagement on the lessons of the Holocaust for health care and society.​

April 5-9, 2021
Then and Now: Genocide, Courage and Complicity

This year’s virtual program will explore examples of how the clergy and others in Nazi Germany were both complicit in allowing the Holocaust to happen as well as example of individuals who acted courageously to defy it and how acting and failure to act effect genocide and human rights violations in the world today.

Keynote Speakers:

Rebecca Carter-Chand, PhD, is Acting Director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust in the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She received her PhD in History and Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto in 2016. Her research focuses on Christian minority groups in Nazi Germany and their international networks during the 1930s and 40s. 

Susannah Sirkin, M.Ed is the director of policy and a senior advisor at Physicians for Human Rights. She oversees PHR’s policy engagement, including with the United Nations, domestic and international justice systems, and human rights coalitions.  Sirkin has worked with physicians in the US and abroad to organize health and human rights investigations in dozens of countries, including the documentation of human genocide.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27th, 2021.  Click to view upcoming events>>

"Put Me Back Like They Found Me," Artwork by Daisy Patton is on virtual display. 


The January, 2021 AMA Journal of Ethics is dedicated entirely to contemporary lessons to be learned from health professional involvement in the Holocaust. Matthew Wynia and Tessa Chelouche were co-editors and there are multiple articles featuring faculty and associates of the Center.

UNC School of Nursing Associate Professor and student in our Certificate in Health Humanities and Ethics Program,
Darcy Copeland, RN, PhD, published 2 articles: Psychiatric nurses’ role in the holocaust and current implications in the Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, July, 2020 and Nurses' participation in the Holocaust: A call to nursing educators in the Journal of Professional Nursing, May, 2020.

Hard Lessons: Most of the Nazi Doctors Volunteered, interview with Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH.  Feature story by Andrea Jacobs for the Intermountain Jewish News, published July 3, 2020.

What Contemporary Lessons Should be Taught by Studying Physician Participation in the Holocaust?, is an article recently published by Mark Levine, Matthew Wynia, Meleah Himber and William Silvers in Conatus; Journal of Philosophy.

Program Archive:

2020 Program: Postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
2019 Program: Medicine and Morality in Times of War​ 

2018 Program; Echoes of the Holocaust: Cultivating Compassion in 21st Century Healers​
2017 Program; Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctors' Trial
2016 Inaugural Program; featuring Art Caplan, PhD​

​Support:  There are several ways to get involved in our 2021 programming:

Donate​ to the William S. Silvers, MD, Holocaust Genocide Contemporary Bioethics Program Fund
to support current programming and ensure the future of this program.

Join our Planning Committee to help develop future events - contact Meleah Himber​ at (303) 724-8332 for more information.​

Become a Sponsor​​ for our 2021 Program.
For information about donations, contact Michael Tortoro at (303) 724-7618 in the CU Office of Advancement.​​​​


Photo:  Rohingya men outside of the town of Sittwe in Burma's Rakhine State, near the Bay of Bengal, courtesy of Paula Bronstein, Getty Images Reportage for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.