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Bioethics and the Holocaust

A Comprehensive Study in How the Holocaust Continues to Shape the Ethics of Health, Medicine and Human Rights

  • Provides a interdisciplinary exploration of the relevance of medicine, ethics, and the Holocaust for modern society

  • Brings together the past, present, and future of Holocaust education

  • Presents a group of top scholars who transcend traditional educational boundaries in Holocaust education

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

Part of the book series: The International Library of Bioethics (ILB, volume 96)

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. The Question of Relevance

    • Michael Berenbaum
    Pages 1-11Open Access
  3. The Physician’s Role: Patient v. Population

    • David K. Urion
    Pages 59-70Open Access
  4. The Transformation of Physicians from Healers to Killers: The Role of Psychiatry

    • Susan M. Miller, Stacy Gallin
    Pages 71-91Open Access
  5. The Physician at War

    • Sheena M. Eagan, Zohar Lederman
    Pages 93-107Open Access
  6. Bioethics and the Krankenmorde: Disability and Diversity

    • Edwina Light, Michael Robertson, Wendy Lipworth, Garry Walter, Miles Little
    Pages 129-152Open Access
  7. Race, Eugenics, and the Holocaust

    • Jonathan Anomaly
    Pages 153-171Open Access
  8. Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, and Bioethics in Nazi and Contemporary Cinema

    • Sheldon Rubenfeld, Daniel P. Sulmasy
    Pages 173-208Open Access
  9. The Holocaust as an Inflection Point in the Development of Research Ethics

    • Stacy Gallin, Ira Bedzow
    Pages 229-246Open Access
  10. Bioethics and the Holocaust in a Multicultural Context

    • Filotheos-Fotios Maroudas, Barnabas Grigoriadis
    Pages 261-279Open Access
  11. Medicine, the Holocaust, and Human Dignity: Lessons from Human Rights

    • Jason Adam Wasserman, Mark Christopher Navin
    Pages 281-297Open Access
  12. The Goals of Medicine in a Post-Holocaust Society

    • Stacy Gallin
    Pages 299-317Open Access
  13. Back Matter

    Pages 319-323

About this book

This open access book offers a framework for understanding how the Holocaust has shaped and continues to shape medical ethics, health policy, and questions related to human rights around the world. The field of bioethics continues to face questions of social and medical controversy that have their roots in the lessons of the Holocaust, such as debates over beginning-of-life and medical genetics, end-of-life matters such as medical aid in dying, the development of ethical codes and regulations to guide human subject research, and human rights abuses in vulnerable populations. As the only example of medically sanctioned genocide in history, and one that used medicine and science to fundamentally undermine human dignity and the moral foundation of society, the Holocaust provides an invaluable framework for exploring current issues in bioethics and society today. This book, therefore, is of great value to all current and future ethicists, medical practitioners and policymakers – as well as laypeople.


  • Bioethics
  • History of German Medical Ethics
  • History of Bioethics
  • Current Issues in Bioethics
  • Bioethics and the Holocaust
  • The Future of Medicine
  • Lessons Learned from the Holocaust
  • Human Rights and Human Dignity
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust, Marlboro, USA

    Stacy Gallin

  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, USA

    Ira Bedzow

About the editors

Stacy Gallin is the Founding Director of the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust (MIMEH), a member of the Governing Council, Co-Chair of the Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust and Faculty of the Department of Education of the International Chair of Bioethics (a World Medical Association Cooperation Centre), and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.  She received her doctoral degree in Medical Humanities from Drew University and has worked closely with many internationally recognized organizations to raise awareness regarding the relevance of medicine, ethics and the Holocaust for modern medical practice, healthcare policy and human rights endeavors.  Dr. Gallin’s academic interests also include the medicalization of psychiatry, the role of human dignity in healthcare and the development of mechanisms to engage youth in social advocacy and the promotion of equality, justice, and dignity.

Ira Bedzow is the Director of The MirYam Institute Project on International Ethics & Leadership and Head of the International Chair in Bioethics Unit (a World Medical Association Cooperation Centre) at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University. He holds a PhD in Religion from Emory University and a Masters degree from University of Chicago. His interests relate to understanding the ethical implications of biotechnology and healthcare policy as well as how organizations can create an ethical culture through values-driven leadership. Bedzow is also Senior Scholar of the Aspen Center for Social Values, co-director of the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust (MIMEH), a contributor at the MirYam Institute, and a regular contributor in Forbes for their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion section. He is also an Orthodox rabbi (yoreh yoreh, yadin yadin).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Bioethics and the Holocaust

  • Book Subtitle: A Comprehensive Study in How the Holocaust Continues to Shape the Ethics of Health, Medicine and Human Rights

  • Editors: Stacy Gallin, Ira Bedzow

  • Series Title: The International Library of Bioethics

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-01986-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-01987-6

  • Series ISSN: 2662-9186

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-9194

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 323

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Bioethics, Medical Ethics, Medical Education, Public Health

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)