Holocaust Medical Experiments

by: Tyra Aschoff

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Nazi doctors conducted many different medical experiments during the Holocaust. Twenty doctors were charged with War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. The Nuremberg trial of the doctors reported evidence of cruel human experiments performed at the Dachau, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Sachsenhausen concentration camps.


Dr. Kurt Heissmeyer injected live tubercle bacilli into the lungs of inmates to determine if people had any natural immunities to tuberculosis and to develop a vaccine against the disease. About 200 adults died during this experiment and Heissmeyer had 20 children from Auschwitz hung in an effort to hide the evidence from approaching Allied forces.
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One of the victims from the Holocaust wrote, “I was used as a guinea pig for medical experiments. I was never ever given painkillers or anesthetics. Every day I suffered excruciating pain. I was injected with drugs and chemicals. My body most of the time was connected to tubes which inserted some drugs in to my body. Many days I was tied up for hours. Some days they made cuts in to my body and left the wounds open for them to study. Most of the time there was nothing to eat. Every day my body was numb with pain.”