Dr. Cheyenne Martin, medical ethicist and noted scholar on medical resistance in the Holocaust, will present a public lecture examining the powerful legacy of hundreds of Jewish and non-Jewish physicians, nurses and dentists involved in resistance activities during the Nazi era. Their voices and faces are largely invisible in medical and Holocaust literature, yet they made remarkable contributions to resistance efforts across occupied Europe, a striking contrast to Dr. Josef Mengele and other Nazi doctors who tortured and murdered thousands of children and adults in euthanasia and experimental programs.
Drawing on her extensive archival research and interviews with medical survivors, she will discuss the broad spectrum of individual and collective resistance-related activities undertaken by these caregivers and analyze decisions to engage in resistance, as well as the risks and wrenching ethical issues they faced in providing care in the face of brutal conditions and murder.
Martin is the Rebecca & Edwin Gale Professor of Ethics at the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and School of Nursing in Galveston. She received her doctorate in bio-medical ethics from the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston and was a fellow at the Kennedy Center for Bioethics in Washington, DC, and at Rice University.