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Monday, 13 May 2019

Germany Is Burying Victims Of Nazi Doctors More Than 70 Years Later

Microscopic remains of victims of Nazism, whose bodies had been the subject of medical experience during the war, will be buried in the presence of descendants.

This is an unknown episode of the Hitler era. The city of Berlin interferes, Monday, May 13, in the presence of the descendants the microscopic remains, recently found, victims of Nazism whose bodies had been the subject of medical experience during the war. This unusual ceremony, initiated by the big hospital of the German capital, Charite, is the result of three years of research.

It is planned in the Dorotheestadt cemetery in the presence of a rabbi and members of the Protestant Church. "With the burial of the microscopic samples" taken at the time on the bodies "we want to give a little dignity to the victims," said the director of Charity Hospital, Karl Marx Einhäupl.

300 tissues placed on laboratory slides
The initiative is part of the hospital's only recent efforts to "face its past," says the memorial of the German Resistance, co-organizer of the ceremony. Because "many of his doctors in leadership positions transformed, during the National Socialist period, their clinics and institutes into places of implementation of racial medicine and destruction of the Nazis," he adds.

Opponents of National Socialism who are planted, there are only 300 tissues on slats of laboratories that were found in small boxes by the heirs of the anatomist who was conducting his experiments at the time Hitler, Hermann Stieve. These remains, barely visible to the naked eye, were entrusted in 2016 to Professor Andreas Winkelmann to try to give them an identity. "Such tiny fabrics are not usually considered worth the burial (...) but here the story is special since they come from people who have been deliberately deprived of burial so that their loved ones do not know where they are, "he explains.

Most were women

Although it was impossible to accurately determine the number of people involved in these 300 samples, Andreas  Winkelmann was able to work on twenty names and numerical indices establishing a clear link with Plötzensee prison, where some 2,800 were hanged or guillotined by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945.

At the request of families, victims whose remains are buried will not be publicly identified. But we know that most of them were women. Hermann Stieve, who was the director of the Berlin University Institute of Anatomy from 1935 until his death in 1952, had a specialty: The study of the effects of stress and fear on the female reproductive system.

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