Medical Experiments of the Holocaust Essay

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Medical Experiments of the Holocaust

Kaitlin
Holocaust in History
January 6, 2013

Many brutal atrocities were committed during the Holocaust by the Nazi party against anyone they viewed as “unpure”. This included the Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, Afro-Germans, Slavs, communists, the handicapped, and the mentally disabled. These groups were targeted, stripped away of their rights and citizenship, and then sent to concentration camps. Some of these camps were death camps; created for the sole purpose to annihilate these groups of people, mainly the Jews. At these camps, the prisoners were tortured, starved, brutally killed, and experimented on. In this research paper, I am going to discuss some of the medical experiments that were
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They forced about ninety Gypsies to drink seawater only, while being deprived of food. Obviously since the salt content of the water causes the body to retain more salt, and lose more water, which is why seawater is undrinkable, these experiments caused serious bodily injury, major dehydration, and an enormous amounts of pain and suffering. The Gypsies were so dehydrated and so desperate for water, they reportedly “licked the floored after they had been mopped just to get a drop of fresh water.” (The Experiments, Remember.org)
Experiments were conducted to find an antidote to phosgene, a toxic gas use as a weapon during World-War I. At Fort Ney near Strasbourg, France, Nazi doctors exposed roughly 52 concentration camp prisoners to the phosgene gas. This gas caused extreme irritation to the prisoners’ lungs. Many of the prisoners suffered pulmonary edema after the exposure. Four died as a result of the experiments. (The Experiments)
Josef Mengele, a Nazi doctor stationed at Auschwitz, was called the “Angel of Death”. Many times he would be the one who was in charge of “selection”. He had the power to decide the fate of the prisoner; he had the power of life and death over them. He was in charge of the many experiments conducted at Auschwitz. The experiments he is most known for are genetic experiments, and the experimentations on twins. (Josef Mengele)
Many of those who were experimented on were children. They were kept
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