Auschwitz 's Angel Of Death

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Auschwitz’s Angel of Death I. Introduction My generation is one of the first to not be directly affected by the Holocaust. I think in this way it’s easier for us to research and discuss. For us, the Holocaust is jut another terrible time in our world’s history. It’s another chapter in our history books that we learn about in school. It’s fascinating to research because of all the terrible and unbelievable things that occurred during this time. The topic I decided to choose is the experimentation done on prisoners in Auschwitz. I chose this topic because I have always been very interested in the medical field. I started by looking up the health conditions of the prisoners. I wanted to see if the prisoners were ever treated for any…show more content…
III. Results During the Holocaust, doctors had free reign to do whatever they wanted to any prisoner at any of the concentration camps. The majority of the prisoners were to be sent to the gas chambers and killed, so the doctors justified their torturous experiments by saying the patients were fated to die anyways. “Thus, instead of doing their job, instead of bringing assistance and comfort to the sick people who needed them most, instead of helping the mutilated and the handicapped to live, eat, and hope one more day, one more hour, doctors became their executioners” (Spitz 191). When men and women become doctors they take a vow. In this vow they state to keep the sick from harm and injustice and to never give any patient a deadly drug. The doctors of the Holocaust simply must have come to the conclusion that this vow, that they were required to make, no longer applied to them and the prisoners they were “treating”. As I conducted my own research on these doctors, I found that there was one doctor in particular who stood out among the others. A doctor much crueler than the rest, Josef Mengele. He was known as Auschwitz’s own “Angel of death”. “Wherever he sprang up, Death spread its shadow” (Spitz 215). Auschwitz sole purpose was mass extermination, and Mengele quickly took advantage of this. He did not gradually become unethical; his disturbing actions and decisions began the moment he arrived at Auschwitz. “Within
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