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“dissection table”

dissection table dissection table
dissection table

Location: Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Germany


In the pathology building, autopsies were performed to determine cause of death or to see the results of the medical experiments on the subjects who died. German physicians conducted painful and often deadly experiments on thousands of concentration camp prisoners without their consent.

Unethical medical experimentation carried out during the Third Reich may be divided into three categories. The first category consists of experiments aimed at facilitating the survival of Axis military personnel, such as high altitude, freezing and sea water potability tests. The second category of experimentation aimed at developing and testing pharmaceuticals and treatment methods for injuries and illnesses which German military and occupation personnel encountered in the field. The third category of medical experimentation sought to advance the racial and ideological tenets of the Nazi worldview.

Experiments were conducted to determine how different “races” withstood various contagious diseases. A number of methods were also tested in an effort to develop an efficient and inexpensive procedure for the mass sterilization of Jews, Roma, and other groups Nazi leaders considered to be racially or genetically undesirable.


Photo credit: Joshua C © 2000.

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