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

In times of war and persecution, how can one person make a difference? This year's program will explore stories of courage and resilience in violent places where basic human rights are under threat.  Drawing back to lessons from the Holocaust, our speakers will examine stories of courage displayed by health professionals and others around the world in situations of contemporary persecution or genocide, from the plight of the Muslim minority Rohingya in Burma/Myanmar to the care of immigrants arriving at our own borders.

Keynote Speakers:

Andrea Gittleman, JD is the program manager for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, where she focuses on policy outreach, justice and accountability efforts for mass atrocities, and leads the Center's work on Burma / Myanmar.

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.

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


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
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.