The Holocaust Memorial Preservation Workshop
This past school year, 12 first-year medical students interviewed Holocaust survivors under the auspices of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center as part of their course work in the required “Introduction to the History of Medicine” at New York Medical College in Valhalla. The 209 students in the class had been given the option of interviewing a survivor — instead of writing a paper on a famous person in medicine — by Dr. Edward C. Halperin, the college’s CEO and chancellor. Besides interviewing the survivors in their homes, the students had to read a book on medical practices under the Nazis, which included horrific experimentation on Jews in the concentration camps.
NYMC Leadership: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer