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German Authorities Seek to Revoke License of Nazi Camp Doctor

July 15, 1958
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The Schleswig-Holstein provincial Ministry of the Interior announced today that it had moved again to revoke the medical license of Dr. Herta Oberhauser, a physician who served a five-year prison term for war crimes against Jewish and other women in the Nazi Ravensbreuck concentration camp.

The Ministry’s announcement came after a protest by the British medical society against Dr. Oberhauser’s being permitted to practice. Earlier efforts by Nazi victims to have the woman doctor barred by German governmental and medical authorities proved unsuccessful. As late as last year a German court killed a move to revoke her license.

Dr. Oberhauser was convicted by an American war crimes court in 1947 of having carried out “experiments” on prison inmates while she served as a physician at Ravensbreuck. Some of the women and children whom she infected with bacterial cultures and bits of inorganic foreign matter like wood or glass placed in incisions on legs and elsewhere on the body sickened and died. Some survived as cripples.

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