The media, teachers and members of the public are invited to the launch of Deadly Medicine: The Making of the Master Race exhibition. It has been developed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, through the reproduction of Holocaust photographs and documents, films, and survivor testimony. The exhibition will be launched by Hon. Prof Peter Katjavivi, the Speaker of the National Assembly at 3pm on Wednesday, 24th April, 2019.
The aim is to explore the Nazi regime’s “Science of Race” and its implications for medical ethics and social responsibility. The exhibition also challenges viewers to reflect on the present-day interest in genetic manipulation that promotes the possibility of human perfection. Therefore, the exhibition’s primary audience is both professionals and students in the medical, legal and history fields. This is an important educational exhibition which also suggests parallels with Namibian history and the use of racist science both during the German colonial period and under the apartheid occupation.
The exhibition has been touring South Africa and is now in Namibia. The exhibition will be shown in Windhoek at the Gallery of the Namibian Arts Association (off Macadam Street, near the Namibian Book Market) and will then travel to Lüderitz.
The exhibition is aimed at educating and challenging those in the fields of medicine and law to learn from the past and to critically review the policies guiding their work. The exhibition will also be a useful teaching and learning resource for senior secondary and university history students, as it provides a comparative perspective on the Holocaust which is one of the depth studies that learners studying history can select.
Schools are invited to contact the Museums Association of Namibia at or 061-302230 to book a guided tour of the exhibition (13th May to 7th June). Limited slots are available so please book well in advance.