Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
A traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Museum
A provocative exhibition exploring the Nazi regime's "science of race" and
its implications for medical ethics and social responsibility today.
Schmidt Center Gallery
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Saturday, February 15, 2014
Closed: December 22, 2013 – January 6, 2014
Tuesday – Friday: 1 – 4 pm
Saturday: 1 – 5 pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race is a traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and presented at Florida Atlantic University in conjunction with the Center for Holocaust and Human Right Education and the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.
From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to “cleanse” German society of people viewed as biological threats to the nation’s “health.” Enlisting the help of physicians and medically trained geneticists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists, the Nazis developed racial health policies that started with the mass sterilization of “hereditarily diseased” persons and ended with the near annihilation of European Jewry. Deadly Medicine traces this history from the early 20th-century international eugenics movement to the Nazi regime’s “science of race.” It also challenges viewers to reflect on the present-day interest in genetic manipulation that promotes the possibility of human perfection.
Images: Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, University Galleries, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
For more information about tours of the exhibition, please call 561-297-2929
For more information about the exhibition, please visit the official website here or call 561-995-6773
Parking & Directions
1. From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit onto Glades Road, heading east.
2. Approximately 1 mile east of I-95, turn left at the main FAU entrance (West University Drive).
3. Turn right immediately and stop at the Information Booth for a $2 Visitor's Pass.
4. After exiting the Information Booth, make your first right onto Indian River Street and proceed to the first stop sign. Go straight through the stop sign.
5. Turn left at St. Lucie Avenue South. Continue around the road until you reach a 4-way stop sign. Make a left onto Arts Avenue.
6. With your visitor's pass, you may park in the parking garage to your left before you reach the roundabout. From the garage, walk west towards the University Theatre. Once past the building on your left, take a left.
7. The gallery is located in the Performing Arts building, which is marked by a tall, white cubicle tower. The Schmidt Center Gallery is located halfway down the hall on your left.
Please check back here in January for updated information on additional public programs.
7:00 pm | Schmidt Center Gallery | tour of Deadly Medicine
7:30 pm | University Theatre | Panel Discussion
Panel discussion: Collaboration and Complicity: Who Was Responsible for the Holocaust with Susan Bachrach, Ph.D. and Edna Friedberg, Ph.D. from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The presentation will also include an introduction of the newest exhibition at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.: Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust, and a discussion of a spectrum of behavior during the Holocaust that challenges us to think deeply about the moral dilemmas that arise in our own lives. The January 14th program is part of the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s South Florida Speakers’ Series and is $18.00 per person in advance by registration at www.ushmm.org/events/bocasf2013 or by calling the Museum's Office in Boca Raton at 561-995-6773. Free parking is available in Garage II. There will be shuttle service from the garage to the theatre. This program is presented in conjunction with FAU's Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education. Guests are invited to view the Deadly Medicine exhibition prior to the program at 7pm. It will be open from 1 – 6:30 pm.
The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education will co-host an academic symposium, Eugenics: Race, Public Health and the Science of Nationalism , exploring the legacies of eugenics from several disciplinary perspectives. Papers will be presented by FAU students and faculty, as well as by invited scholars. The symposium is free and open to the public. Check back here in January for the symposium program.