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Auschwitz Medical Crimes on Trial in London

Part of The Wiener Library's Science + Suffering event series.

In this talk, Dr Aleksandra Loewenau will explore how the Dering v. Uris libel trial drew the attention of the British public to wartime atrocities, by placing those proceedings within an international context of post-war court trials.

In 1962, Dr. Władysław Alexander Dering, a naturalized British citizen, former prisoner of Auschwitz and recipient of the Order of the British Empire, sued American novelist Leon Uris for libel. Dering claimed that the sentence: “Dr. Dehring performed seventeen thousand ‘experiments’ in surgery without anaesthetic”, which appeared in Uris’s Exodus published in 1958, was defamatory. The supposedly uncomplicated case turned out to be one of the most important court proceedings in post-war Britain.


Dr Aleksandra Loewenau | talks


Date and Time:

19 September 2017 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247

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