Gannon University Hosts The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Exhibit "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race"
Posted: June 30, 2015
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's traveling
exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race examines how
the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in
professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good,
used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and
The exhibition opens at Gannon University's own Nash Library on
June 22, 2015 and will be on display through October 28, 2015.
"Deadly Medicine explores the Holocaust's roots in
then-contemporary scientific and pseudo-scientific thought,"
explains exhibition curator Susan Bachrach. "At the same time, it
touches on complex ethical issues we face today, such as how
societies acquire and use scientific knowledge and how they balance
the rights of the individual with the needs of the larger
Eugenics theory sprang from turn-of-the-20th-century scientific
beliefs asserting that Charles Darwin's theories of "survival of
the fittest" could be applied to humans. Supporters, spanning the
globe and political spectrum, believed that through careful
controls on marriage and reproduction, a nation's genetic health
could be improved.
The Nazi regime was founded on the conviction that "inferior"
races, including the so-called Jewish race, and individuals had to
be eliminated from German society so that the fittest "Aryans"
could thrive. The Nazi state fully committed itself to implementing
a uniquely racist and anti-Semitic variation of eugenics to
"scientifically" build what it considered to be a "superior race."
By the end of World War II, six million Jews had been murdered.
Millions of others also became victims of persecution and murder
through Nazi "racial hygiene" programs.
"Booked years in advance by universities and museums across the
United States, Europe, and Israel, this traveling exhibit is a
quite literally a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Gannon's
own Dr. Jeff Bloodworth, head of the history and archaeology
department. "Gannon is rightly proud to host this most
extraordinary museum exhibition."
Deadly Medicine takes approximately one hour to tour and will be
open during the library's normal working hours. It is free to the
public. A number of supporting videos are available online here. By giving historical context to the Holocaust,
framing questions about the value of human life and presenting
commentary from several Holocaust survivors, these videos can lend
themselves to a wide array of assignments in many majors.
To schedule a tour for a group, please contact Caroline
DiPlacido by phone at 871-5816 or via email here.