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So Nazi doctors subjected concentration camp inmates to extremely high pressures and freezing temperatures to determine how much abuse a human body could endure. Still other experiments exposed captive victims to mustard gas, phosphine gas, and other poisonous substances as part of ongoing chemical weapons research. The Angel of Death The most notorious of the experiments the Nazis conducted on concentration camp prisoners were those of Dr. Josef Mengele, who arrived at Auschwitz in May 1943. He was not the highest ranking of the camp’s roughly thirty doctors.

A special detail [of prisoners] detached the corpses with hooked sticks. The sight of the misshapen dead filled us with mixed sentiments. We were sorry for them. . Yet we envied them, too. 63 Making Killing More Efficient No matter how many inmates took their own lives, in the long run it did not matter to the Nazi officers who ran the camps. They knew full well that the main long-range goal of these facilities was to make sure everyone incarcerated in them eventually died. So it did not matter to those in charge how a prisoner died.

Unfortunately for them, WORDS IN CONTEXT however, such an infirmary was neither Ka-Be designed nor intended to cure them or alShort for krankenbau, the leviate their misery. medical clinic in a Nazi Instead, the typical camp hospital had concentration camp. a complex and at times sinister set of reasons for existing. First, it would give any international inspectors who might visit the camp the false impression that the Nazis humanely cared for their prisoners. Sadly, though, Hitler refused to allow the International Red Cross to visit most of the camps.

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