The Ethics of Rescue: True Stories Behind Bergen-Belsen’s Liberation
Hosted By: Valley Beit Midrash
In mid-April 1945, a small group of liberators entered Bergen-Belsen, where they found tens of thousands of unburied dead and 60,000 “displaced persons,” of whom 25,000 were in dire need of medical attention. What principles guided their leaders’ excruciating choices? What ethical questions consumed the men as they endeavored to feed the starved, control the spread of disease, and equip the largest hospital in Europe? Dr. Lerner will share astonishing stories about the unprecedented liberation—from the perspectives of both liberators and survivors, including 15-year-old Rachel Genuth, her mother.
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