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  • Power for Life or Power for Death? How and Why Science and Religion Can Work Together for Life After the Holocaust

    President, Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation Rabbi Greenberg—rabbi, scholar and former Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum—tells us why each one of these failures could recur. The infrastructure that sustained the Holocaust remains with us today: technology, bureaucracy, ideology, the ethos of science and scientism, universalism, the authority and credibility of modernism, and the unification of society or gleichschaltung. Rabbi Greenberg encourages us to promulgate pluralism—a principled commitment to absolute values, matched by an affirmation of the limits of that absolute—as the most powerful antidote to a recurrence of another Holocaust. He encourages pluralism in many spheres, including: Political Ideology Cultural Moral If you are interested in reading more about science and religion during the Holocaust, check out some of our other media.

  • 21st Century Genetics: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Harms

    Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

  • Assessing Risk in Patient Care

    Professor and Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery and Assist Devices in the Michael E. DeBakey Dept. of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

  • Risky Medical Treatments- Jewish Perspective

    Director of the Center for Medical Ethics, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem and winner of the Israel Prize for his Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics

  • Dachau, Hubertus, Strughold, and NASA

    NASA is an organization that has been notorious for holding a lot of community and media attention. Space sciences in general seem to draw a lot of interest, especially aspects that are unknown to the vast majority of the public. This has led to a high level of curiosity. Hearing about this subject from someone who has actually been involved in NASA is something special. Neil Pellis, past leader of the Biotechnology Cell Science Program at NASA, discusses this subject from his perspective and experience. He even addresses audience questions at the end of his lecture. Pellis specifically discusses Dachau, Hubertus Strughold, and NASA. In all of these topics of discussion, he discusses the moral and ethical side of research and experimentation. This opens us up to questions about ethical practices in past science and science today. Ethics is a very serious and relevant topic in aerospace medicine and space sciences. Dachau, Hubertus Strughold, and NASA are three areas in particular that should get a lot of attention. While some questioning of ethical practices is addressed, some seem to be forgotten.

  • Interview of Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, May 16, 2008

    Pioneering cardiovascular surgeon; developed the mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) units and established the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center Research System; Chairman of the Department of Surgery (1948-1993), President (1969-1979), Chancellor (1979-1996), and Chancellor Emeritus (1996-2008) at Baylor College of Medicine; recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008; deceased July 13, 2008.

  • Granddaughter of Nazis Dr. Franziska Eckert and Survivor Riki Roussos

    Dr. Franziska Eckert is the granddaughter of devout Nazi who has confronted her family history in two ways. Together with other church members, she founded the March of Remembrance, which is now duplicated in 14 countries and many, many cities around the world. She has also prepared an exhibit about Radiologists during National Socialism to educate her fellow radiologists. Riki Roussos is a Holocaust survivor living in Houston who has embraced Franziska and her mission. They gave back-to-back lectures to medical students at Baylor College of Medicine in the fall of 2015.

  • Poland Moves to Strip Jewish Holocaust Scholar of Award

    Polish-born Princeton University history professor Jan Tomasz Gross was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 1996 for his extensive work documenting the fate of Polish Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland. His acclaimed 2001 book Neighbors examined the massacre of 1,500 Jews from Jedwabne and concluded that it was the Poles, not the Nazis, who committed the atrocity. Polish nationalists have been critical of the book as well as the excellent, recent, Polish movie Aftermath which dramatizes the responsibility of local residents for the massacres of Jews during the Holocaust. The immediate cause for efforts to strip Gross of his award is his explanation of Poland’s wariness to accept Syrian immigrants: “The Poles, for example, were indeed rightfully proud of their society’s resistance against the Nazis, but in fact did kill more Jews than Germans during the war.”

  • Speaker Sheldon Rubenfeld: Eugenics Then and Now, Nov 1, Houston, TX

    Sheldon Rubenfeld, Clinical Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Executive Director of Medicine After the Holocaust will be giving a talk at University of Houston, Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Houston, TX 77058, holocaust-flyer-twoTuesday, November 1, 7pm on medical ethics and the Holocaust entitled: Eugenics Then and Now. Please see the attached flyer for details. The event is sponsored by the HIST 4307/HUMN 4326 Holocaust class and the History Club.The speaker will be discussing medical ethics during the Holocaust and today. For anyone who has been involved with healthcare or is interested in the moral complexities of the genome project, etc. the topic would prove interesting.

  • Forgiving Mengele

    The Jewish High Holidays are about to begin. One of these holidays is forgiveness. Eva Kor, survivor of Mengele’s notorious experiments on twins at Auschwitz, gave a moving presentation at the Humans Subjects Research after the Holocaust (HSRAH) workshop co-sponsored by the Houston Methodist Research Institute and CMATH. She included in her presentation her comments about her controversial decision to forgive Mengele fifty years after the liberation of Auschwitz. I recommend that you view this remarkable video. Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness tells the fascinating story of Simon Wiesenthal’s response to a Nazi soldier who wants absolution from a Jew. The latest edition of his book offers the opinions of more than 50 thinkers about the difficult decision Wiesenthal made while a prisoner in Lemberg concentration camp.

  • What Happened to the Primary Victims of the Nazi Public Health Policy of "Applied Biology"?

    The Nazi public health policy of “Applied Biology” was meant to rid the world of groups of people deemed to have genetic defects that could be passed o to the German volkskörper. While these groups included people with disabilities, blacks, gypsies, homosexuals and Jehovah’s Witnesses among others, the primary target was the “Jewish race.” In a remarkable speech, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the UN about Israel’s remarkable success and optimistic view of its future relationships with its Muslim neighbors. I encourage you to watch one of the best speeches ever given at the UN, a speech about a people that overcame a concerted genocidal effort aided and abetted by the medical profession. Depending upon your browser, you can watch it either on the posted site or on youtube at:

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