Nazi Medicine Documentary To Air

A documentary by Prof. John Michalczyk (Fine Arts) on Nazi medicine, and the ethical issues it raises, will have its broadcast premiere on Boston public television next week.

"In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine," a one-hour program on the involvement of Nazi doctors in the death camps and racial cleansing campaigns of Hitler's Third Reich, airs on WGBH Channel 2 on Tuesday, April 29, at 10 p.m.

The broadcast coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Nuremberg Physicians Trial, at which Nazi concentration camp doctors were convicted of war crimes.

The documentary, shot in the US and at the sites of the Auschwitz and Majdanek camps, follows the theme of a 1993 conference Michalczyk organized at Boston College, "Medicine, Ethics and the Third Reich," and which he later compiled into a book bearing the same name. Michalczyk used footage from the conference, including excerpts of interviews with scholars, doctors and Holocaust survivors, in the film.

"In the Shadow of the Reich" studies "the step-by-step process that led the medical profession on an unethical road from racial theory to sterilization and euthanasia of the 'unfit,' to a full-scale genocide of Jews, gypsies and homosexuals, among others," said Michalczyk.

After its airing on Boston television, the documentary will be shown on WNET Channel 13 in New York City on Monday, May 5, at 10 p.m.

-Mark Sullivan

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