When medicine turns deadly

28 April 2019 | Art and Entertainment

The exhibition Deadly Medicine: The Making of the Master Race, opened at the Namibian Arts Association's gallery of the earlier this week.

The collection was developed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, through the reproduction of Holocaust photographs and documents, films, and survivor testimony. The aim is to explore the Nazi regime's “Science of Race” and its implications for medical ethics and social responsibility.

At the same time, it 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.

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 can 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.

The general public can view the exhibition until 10 May, whereafter school groups of up to 30 can visit until 24 May. Schools are invited to contact the Museums Association of Namibia at [email protected] or 061 302 230 to book a guided tour of the exhibition. However, limited slots are available, so please book in advance.

The Gallery of the Namibian Arts Association is situated off Macadam Street, near the Namibian Book Market.

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