WWII Army Medic Kiniry to Speak at Holocaust Workshop

The South Jersey Holocaust Coalition will host a free workshop on December 5 at the Vineland Public Schools’ Landis Administrative Building about the impact of starvation and disease before and after the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

The workshop is hosted by the coalition in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem Counties and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.

The presenters include Andrew “Tim” Kiniry, a medic with the 45th Evacuation Hospital attached to General George S. Patton’s Third Army during WWII. Interviews have been captured by C-Span and presented to university and other young audiences.

Army medic Tim Kiniry, 99, entered the Buchenwald camp after its liberation and will introduce the “You Couldn’t Grasp It All!” workshop about disease and starvation at one of the largest concentration camps in Germany during World War II.

Kiniry will give attendees insights on his personal experiences with the survivors, who if liberated died from disease or over-consumption of food despite medics being present, and the lessons people can learn about the treatment of the prisoners.

Also presenting will be Dr. Donald Marsh. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical College of Virginia. A graduate of Vineland High School, Dr. Marsh served in the Navy in Vietnam and later as an officer in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps Reserve. He has been a clinical professor of pharmacy at both the University of North Carolina and its School of Medicine.

His presentation will focus on the “refeeding syndrome,” a condition of rapid feeding after a period of starvation, and its effects on the body.

The workshop will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Professionals can earn three professional development hours granted by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. Registration is required by December 1 at holocaustcoalition.com.

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