Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Twisted Science- If you didn't think Nazi's were evil before....




I don’t know if this is in bad taste or not, seeing as Hanukkah just started, but I just felt too strongly to ignore it.

My boy sent me an article that talks about the origins of the statement “women can’t get pregnant from legitimate rape.” A doctor named Stieve, under the Nazi regime, did experiments on executed prisoners (Jews and political “treason” prisoners) trying to show that during times of stress women didn’t ovulate. He did “autopsies” on dead women (some pregnant) and used their tissue, bones and cells for his research. He kept a fucking list! 187 people, eight men and the rest women of reproductive age.

First off let us discuss that the trauma in a concentration camp and the stress/starvation/conditions that those poor people suffered under is NOTHING like rape. I am not saying rape is not traumatic…IT IS! However it is very very different. A woman about to ovulate and then told, "Hey see this gas chamber? You're turn to die!" then saying “ha ha! Gotcha!” is quite a bit different and the science behind it is flawed and unethical.

Now these were things I kind of already knew; Nazi's a are and they did horrid things to people.

I did not know how many doctors at dozens of University’s played into the practice of using political prisoners or people from concentration camps for their weird experiments and “research." In fact in many University’s in Germany, Poland, Austria and Vienna tissue samples and cells from these people are still being used as educational tools. These are victims whose families have no idea what happened to them and never got a proper burial. These are people who did not consent to leaving their bodies to science. These were children and adults, men and women who were considered traitors or sub-human.

I always thought those experiments were done at the camps, I didn’t realize that doctors sometimes came and selected people to either die or do hard labor or go for their twisted “research.” A doctor named Mengele preferred twins. He would stand on a ramp choosing who lived and died and take twins. The twins were treated well (you know considering they were still in a concentration camp) until they were taken away and given injections of diseases, killed just to poke at their bodies, dyes were dripped into their eyes to see if the color could be changed, some had operations done that left them disfigured or paralyzed…these surgeries were often done without anesthetic.

This is not the history they teach us in school and it should be. People need to be aware that the Nazi’s were really bad. I mean I always knew they were villains; Holocaust, gas chambers, Anne Frank, Hitler and his perfect white blonde blue eyed race….You read brief encounters of lamp shades made from human skin and soap made from human remains and scoff it MUST be urban legend. In school they talk about the war and how long it lasted. They don’t show you lists of names and pictures of the people who were basically tortured and killed for NO DAMN REASON. Nazi's and the people who were ok with their practices were plain and simple; EVIL.

There was another doctor named Kreme who conducted experiments on hunger, he personally selected over 10 thousand people for death. Another named Hallervorden bragged he had over 100,000 brain samples all taken from people killed in the T-4 killings (I had to look it up, it was a Nazi program for killing psychiatric patients).

Doctor Heinrich Gross did experiments on children from the infant’s ward of a famous hospital, over 700 kids were killed at the hospital and he is responsible for a lot of them. He was later given awards for his research that were stripped after his death and investigations into his crimes. He didn’t die until 2002!

In the 1980’s so many of these Universities were still using the unethically taken samples people began to revolt. There were protests, rally’s, papers written, all trying to get these University’s to inspect their collects and find samples taken from the Nazi time period and find out who they were, how they died and bury them properly. Only some of the University’s complied and it took over ten years to see ANY progress. The mind set of most were to just ignore it and sweep it under the rug. Who wants to be the person that admits, “Yes many scientific studies and cures are based on samples taken from those slaughtered during Hitler’s rule.”

As of 2005 only 14 of the 31 universities suspected in using prisoners of war bodies in scientific (a term I use loosely) research have actually done full investigations into their collections. So who knows how many Nazi-era victims could have bits of themselves lingering in old basements or perhaps being actively used in education….RIGHT NOW.

Then there is the Pernkopf Atlas a huge medical book, I have actually seen many of the drawings from and that current medical students and healthcare professionals use today. It is one of the best detailed books of the human body. The guy who wrote it was a Nazi, there are Nazi symbols in the original book that have been air brushed out of newer copies and it is believed most of the bodies in the drawings were painted while the guy cut up and examined over 1300 victims of execution chambers in Vienna!

Horrifically most of these doctor (most, not all, some did serve time), saw not one year of prison time, were not persecuted for crimes and until their deaths had a everyone-was-doing-it why-should-we-care attitude. Some of the victims have been figured out and looking at their pictures turn them from numbers in a book to real flesh and blood for me. I feel sad inside and wish there was something I could do. There isn’t. I don’t have a Tardis and I don’t have enough money to make an impact. What I can do is raise awareness.

Don’t put your head in a hole, humans have done serious atrocities since we began on this Earth and Nazi-era Germany is one of them. I hope whatever Gods they believed in took no mercy when deciding their punishments.


Video about Doctor Gross
http://vimeo.com/21951139

Article about how Hitler’s Victims are still lingering in Modern Science
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/history/2013/11/nazi_anatomy_history_the_origins_of_conservatives_anti_abortion_claims_that.html

Pictures of Dr. Stieve’s victims from his list
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/21160964

Info about Dr Mengele

http://history1900s.about.com/od/auschwitz/a/mengeletwins_2.htm


About the Anatomy Book
http://www.nytimes.com/1996/11/26/science/doctors-question-use-of-nazi-s-medical-atlas.html

Dr Kremer
http://www.theholocaustexplained.org/ks3/responses-1933-1945/jewish-responses/ss-dr-johannes-paul-kremer/

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