2019 Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program

Medicine & Morality in Times of War

Public Lecture with Professor Len Rubenstein and Dr. Zaher Sahloul

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Eaton Humanities Building, Room 250 | 1610 Pleasant Street, Boulder, CO 80302

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Nearly 80 years after German physicians and other health professionals carried out some of the most heinous Nazi war crimes, health professionals today continue to practice during times of war and political conflict. While some work on behalf of authoritarian dictatorial governments to inflict harm, many others work to protect human rights and to treat soldiers and civilians with dignity and respect, even in the most extreme conditions imaginable. These latter health professionals – whether they recognize it or not – have absorbed critical lessons from the Holocaust about the necessary roles of health professionals in wartime and what that means for society today, both in zones of conflict and for refugees who have fled their homelands searching for a peaceful existence in foreign lands.

Additional programs will be held at the Anschutz Medical, Colorado Springs, and Downtown campuses.

Featured Speakers

Len Rubenstein, JD , from Johns Hopkins University, is a lawyer and the former Executive Director and President of Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that carries our forensic documentation of war crimes and advocates for the protection of health workers in war zones. Professor Rubenstein has broad knowledge about the origins of human rights laws and the laws of war that arose out of the experiences in WWII.  

Zaher Sahloul, MD , is a critical care specialist at Christ Advocate Medical Center in Chicago and the immediate past president of and a senior advisor to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), a humanitarian and advocacy organization that provides medical relief to Syrians and Syrian refugees. Dr. Sahloul is the founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria, a coalition of 14 US-based humanitarian organizations working in Syria. He also is a former medical school classmate of Bashar al-Alssad.


This event is hosted by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the Program in Jewish Studies at CU Boulder. The 2019 Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program is supported by the MB Glassman Foundation, Jewish Colorado, and the founding sponsor, the William S. Silvers, MD Endowment.

2019 Archive Transformed Opening Event

The Beregovski Archive
Klezmer Music and Stories from Soviet Ukraine to Boulder

Concert with Alicia Sviglas, violin, Uli Geissendoerfer, piano, and Yonatan Malin, musicology and flute

Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 7:00 PM
CU Boulder College of Music | Imig Music Building, Music Theatre
1020 18th St, Boulder, CO 80302

The Music Theatre is located in the basement of the Imig Music Building. There will be signs to direct attendees on the day of the event.


Yonatan Malin (left, blue shirt) and Alicia Svigals (right, red shirt) sit in front of the Flatirons in Boulder, CO. They are looking at a piece of sheet music that Alicia is holding. Photo by David T. CoonsArchive Transformed, a CU Boulder Artist/Scholar Collaborative Residency, will open with a performance of Yonatan Malin and Alicia Svigals’ The Beregovski Archive: Klezmer Music and Stories from Soviet Ukraine to Boulder, incubated in the inaugural 2018 Archive Transformed cohort. 

In the 1930s a Jewish scholar from the Ukraine named Moshe Beregovski set out, with eerie prescience, to collect and preserve the deep and rich Jewish musical tradition around him. On what turned out to be the eve of the destruction of European Jewry, Beregovski organized expeditions to Ukrainian ‘shtetlekh’ (small Jewish towns) and sought out the eldest singers and instrumentalists he could find, asking them to pour their collective folk knowledge into his recording horn. In this way, he managed to save thousands of beautiful Jewish folk songs, klezmer dance tunes and religious melodies on wax cylinders, the medium of the day.

In this concert, renowned klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals, jazz pianist and composer Uli Geissendoerfer, and musicologist Yonatan Malin bring Beregovski’s legacy to life. They tell stories of the deep and ecstatic music of Jewish Eastern Europe, blending archival recordings with contemporary arrangements. Seven scenes conjure drama, history, everyday life, rhythm, reverie, dance, and community in the cities and towns of Eastern Europe. At the end of the concert, string players from the Boulder community will join Svigals, Geissendoerfer, and Malin for an imaginative recreation of the 1937 Kiev State Ensemble of Jewish Folk Music.

For more information about the project see the 2018 Archive Transformed: The Beregovski Archive.


This event is hosted by Archive Transformed. Please contact archivetransformed@colorado.edu with any questions about this event. Photo by David T. Coons.