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Women Testify How Nazi Doctors Mutilated, Murdered Jews at Ravensbroeck Camp

December 22, 1946
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Four Polish Catholic women today told the U.S. military court trying 23 Nazi doctors that the defendants had crippled them and hundreds of other Jewish and non-Jewish women during “experiments” at the Ravensbroeck concentration camp to determine the efficacy of sulfanilamide and test techniques in grafting bone, skin and nerve tissue.

The witnesses, who were brought here from Warsaw to testify, exhibited their mutilated limbs, and Dr. Leo Alexander of Boston, a professor at Harvard University, testified as to the medical aspects of the Nazis’ “experiments.”

The Polish women said that many women, most of them Jews, died as a result of similar operations. They identified three of the defendants — Herta Oberhauser, Fritz Fuscher and Karl Gebhardt — as either having participated in the operations or having observed them.

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