Medical System & Medical Experiments
“Our starting point is not the individual, and we do not subscribe to the view that one should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, or clothe the naked…. Our objectives are entirely different: we must have a healthy people in order to prevail in the world.” Joseph Goebbels
In Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, science was increasingly seen as a potential savior, able to provide an antidote to the suffering, death, and destruction brought about by World War I. Advances in industry, medicine, and the fledgling science of genetics promised extraordinary scientific breakthroughs and new pathways to human improvement. Though many now look back on this period as an ominous sign of things to come, the new science brought hope to a devastated post-WWI population.
The first significant step down this road was the forced sterilization campaign that began in 1933 under the Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring. This degenerated into a mind-boggling array of abuses of medicine, whereby innocent people were sterilized, tortured, abused and killed – all in the name of furthering science and medicine.
Examples – At Dachau, prisoners were injected with malaria. At Ravensbrück, physicians deliberately infected prisoners’ wounds to test the effectiveness of the drug sulfonamide. At Buchenwald, prisoners were injected with smallpox, cholera, and typhus to test the effectiveness of different treatments. These human lab rats were going to die anyway, the doctors reasoned. Why not get some benefit from their misfortune?