The Medical Faculty of Vienna 1938 to 1945
Curators: Herwig Czech & Niko Wahl
Duration of the exhibition: March 14th - extended until December 29th
To mark the 80th anniversary of the end of Austria's sovereignty (Annexation) and the assumption of power by the Nazis, with all the associated consequences, the Josephinum, Medical University of Vienna Collections, is, for the first time, staging a comprehensive exhibition showing the impacts upon the Vienna Medical Faculty.
The exhibition deals with the previous history of anti-Semitism and racism prior to the Nazi period, the direct consequences of March 1938 and the expulsion of a large number of faculty members, which paved the way for the careers of members of the Nazi party. Other topics that are addressed include how the Faculty was infiltrated by the Nazi ideology of "race hygiene", forcible sterilisations and illegal human experiments, as well as the increasing militarisation of academia and research following the war. The exhibition also covers the year 1945 as an ambivalent watershed, past struggles with the Nazi past and, last but not least, the role of the Josephinum as the centre of the history of medicine in Austria.
With kind support by
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