Cadaver Affair in Lviv. New Research on Anti-Semitism in the Second Polish Republic
Natalia AleksiunTouro College, Graduate School of Jewish Studies, New York
September, 24, 2013
Center for Urban History, Lviv
The lecture presented a little-known episode in the history of Polish-Jewish relations in the interwar period. It focused on the anti-Semitic discourse surrounding the cadaver affair at the medical department of Jan Kazimierz University in Lviv. On the pages of the student press and at student rallies, activists argued that Jewish medical students should be barred from dissecting Christian corpses. They demanded from Jewish communities regular provisions of corpses as a condition for continued training of Jewish doctors. The discourse surrounding the cadaver affair combined nationalist language with religious vocabulary.
Сover Image: Residents of the ghetto in Drohobych await deportation, July 21, 1941 / memory.gov.ua