During the Second World War
, the Nazis
conducted numerous medical experiments
on people who had been interned in the various concentration camps
, and POW
camps as well. These experiments were not only for the sake of either medical knowledge (very little of which was gained) or lust for murder, but rather the sheer, disgusting sadism
of those carrying them out.
Inmates of the various concentration camps in the Third Reich
, as well as captured POWs (mainly Soviet
s), were subjected to terrible experiments by some 200 or so German
doctors. The actions of these twisted doctors were made completely public to the thousands of other doctors in Germany
, though not a single one publicly protested these experiments. Not even during or after the lectures that these death doctors gave in Berlin
in regards to their experiments did one give any sign of objection. Possibly this was due to their fear of retribution
on the part of the SS
, but serious questions about how the Hippocratic Oath
applies must be considered.
Some of the gruesome experiments included; placing prisoners in pressure chambers to subject them to high-altitude testing until they ceased breathing; injecting prisoners with lethal doses of typhus
, and jaundice
; subjecting prisoners to 'freezing' experiments in ice water, or exposed naked in the snow until they froze to death; prisoners were shot with poison bullets, as well as gassed with mustard gas; hundreds of Polish
women were given gas gangrene
wounds, and allowed to die while being studied; other Polish women were subjected to obscene bone grafting experiments; Gypsies
were given nothing but salt water
, to see how long they would survive; massive sterilization experiments were conducted, looking for a way to preserve the supposedly 'inferior' slave laborers of the Nazis, while preventing them from breeding; the study of skulls was undertaken by many Third Reich
doctors, who liked to study the skulls of the 'inferior races', the skulls were often sent to them with the flesh still around them...
The list of atrocities goes on and on.
Some of the more infamous Nazi
Karl Gebhardt - Hanged
Fritz Fischer - Life in Prison
Adolf Pokorny - Acquitted
August Hirt - Hanged
Sigmund Rascher - Hanged
Edwin Katzenellenbogen - Life in Prison
Since the end of the war, there has been a debate on how much of the findings of these experiments should be looked at. The first argument is, "We should use this knowledge, however gruesomely it was attained, to help people in the present. Let not their sacrifices have been in vain". The counter-argument is, "By using this information, we would be admitting that these were valid experiments, and that course would not discourage it from happening again".
Some of the information regarding human survival in freezing water has since been studied and applied.