Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program

​Promoting education, scholarship and community engagement on the lessons of the Holocaust for health care and society.​


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 genocide.


Monday, April 6th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion     no más bebes (no more babies)
They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. A documentary film about immigrant mothers pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at the LA County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s.

Monday, April 20th from noon-1:00pm at CU Boulder School of Law-Rm. 301    Presentation and discussion with
A. Gittleman, S.Sirkin and Professor Anna Spain-Bradley, JD, Vice-Provost for faculty diversity and development at CU Law.   

Monday, April 20th from 7:00-8:30pm at CU Boulder Eaton Humanities Bldg.    Presentation and discussion with
A. Gittleman, S.Sirkin and CU Boulder faculty.

Tuesday, April 21st from noon-1:00pm at downtown CU Denver Campus-Student Commons 1401   Presentation and discussion with A. Gittleman, S.Sirkin and CU Interdisciplinary Studies faculty.

Tuesday, April 21st from 6:00-8:00pm at CU Anschutz-Education 2 South Auditorium 1102    Presentation and discussion with A. Gittleman, S.Sirkin and Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH.

Wednesday, April 22nd from 9:30-11am at CU Anschutz Strauss Health Sciences Library-3rd floor  
Moral Courage & Healthcare panel discussion moderated by Mark Levine, MD.   Witness to the Holocaust sculptures on display.

Wednesday, April 22nd from noon-1:00pm at University of Colorado Hospital, Bruce Schroffel Conference Center
Medicine Grand Rounds with A. Gittleman, S.Sirkin and Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH.

Friday, April 23rd from noon-1:00pm at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs/Kraemer Family Library
"How Healers Became Killers: Nazi Doctors and Modern Medical Ethics," by Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH.

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:

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 2019 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 2020 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.