The Lancet Report on Medicine, Nazism and the Holocaust


Launch event on November 14th at Charité Berlin (and online)

Please join the The Lancet and the Lancet Commission on Medicine, Nazism, and the Holocaust, in partnership with the Charité (Institute of the History and Ethics of Medicine), the Robert Koch-Institute, and the Max-Planck Society as the Commission launches its report on "Medicine, Nazism, and the Holocaust: historical evidence, implications for today, teaching for tomorrow” in Berlin.

With this report, the commission aims to provide a reliable, up-to-date historical documentation and a thorough analysis of the implications. Teaching of this subject should be part of health professional curricula around the world, helping to promote ethical conduct, moral development, courage to stand up against antisemitism, racism, and other forms of discrimination, and the formation of a history-informed professional identity based on compassion.

Listen to authors of the report discussing the history of medicine in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, how this history can inform our understanding of medicine today and in the future, and why it needs to be included in all fields of health care education. There will also be invited statements by representatives of victims and their organizations, medical associations, biomedical research institutions, and the German Ethics Council (Deutscher Ethikrat). All will address the relevance of this history for medicine, healthcare, and bioethics today, alongside commitments to support further historical research, teaching, and self-reflection within the medical community and beyond.


November 14th, 2023, 2:00pm — 4:30pm CET at Historical Lecture Hall (Hörsaalruine), Medizinhistorisches Museum, Charité Berlin, and online.