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Herwig Czech
Mag. Dr. Herwig Czech

Ethics, Collections and History of Medicine
Position: Research Associate (Postdoc)

ORCID: 0000-0001-9231-2762
T +43 1 40160 26012


History of Medicine

Research interests

I am a historian of medicine with a strong focus on the 20th century. The central topic of my work is the history of medicine under National Socialism and its consequences up to this day. My most important current project deals with the history of brain research by the German Kaiser Wilhelm Society (now Max Planck Society) on victims of Nazi persecution. 

Selected publications

  1. Czech, H., 2018. Hans Asperger, National Socialism, and 'race hygiene' in Nazi-era Vienna. Molecular Autism, 9(1). Available at:
  2. Czech, H., Druml, C. & Weindling, P., 2018. Medical Ethics in the 70 Years after the Nuremberg Code, 1947 to the Present. Wiener klinische Wochenschrift, 130(S3), pp.159-253. Available at:
  3. CZECH, H. 2017. Nazi Medical Crimes, Eugenics, and the Limits of the Racial State Paradigm. In: PENDAS, D. O., ROSEMAN, M. & WETZELL, R. F. (eds.) Beyond the Racial State. Rethinking Nazi Germany. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press. pp. 213-238.
  4. CZECH, H. 2017. Beyond Spiegelgrund and Berkatit: Human Experimentation and Coerced Research at the Vienna School of Medicine, 1939 to 1945. In: WEINDLING, P. (ed.) From Clinic to Concentration Camp. Reassessing Nazi Medical and Racial Research, 1933-1945. Abingdon/New York: Routledge. pp. 138-162.
  5. Czech, H. & Zeidman, L.A., 2014. Walther Birkmayer, Co-describer of L-Dopa, and His Nazi Connections: Victim or Perpetrator? Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 23(2), pp.160-191. Available at: