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March 19, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Dr. Burton Einspruch, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, will speak at Southern Methodist University on April 4 about "Doctors and the Holocaust."

The lecture, which will be held at 5 p.m. in room 119 of the Fondren Science Building, is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the SMU chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national premedical honor society, and the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU.

Dr. Einspruch received his undergraduate degree from SMU in 1956 and his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School in 1960. He received postgraduate training in psychiatry in Dallas, New York and London, where he studied with Anna Freud. He is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas and serves on the board of directors of several organizations.

Dr. Einspruch has spent more than 35 years researching the role the medical community played in the Nazi's planned genocide of the Jews and others before and during World War II. A particular focus of his research has been the 1946-1948 "Doctors Trial" at Nuremberg, in which 20 physicians were tried for their actions during the war. Dr. Einspruch himself lost several grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins during the Holocaust.

Dr. Einspruch has written reviews of several books about doctors and the Holocaust that have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 1998 he served as the representative of the Texas Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychiatrists at a symposium sponsored by the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., to mark the 50th anniversary of the "Doctors Trial."

The April 4 lecture marks the continuation of a tradition established by the premedical honor society at SMU to have an annual lecture on medical ethics.