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Dr. Fritz Klein, Bergen-Belsen’s camp doctor, standing in a mass grave after liberation.

When asked about his ethical dilemmas on conducting human experiments in the camp system, Klein famously said that: "My Hippocratic oath tells me to cut a gangrenous appendix out of the human body. The Jews are the gangrenous appendix of mankind. That’s why I cut them out."
He was tried for war crimes committed at both Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz, found guilty of only two counts, and executed in December 1945.

Dr. Fritz Klein, Bergen-Belsen’s camp doctor, standing in a mass grave after liberation.

When asked about his ethical dilemmas on conducting human experiments in the camp system, Klein famously said that: "My Hippocratic oath tells me to cut a gangrenous appendix out of the human body. The Jews are the gangrenous appendix of mankind. That’s why I cut them out."

He was tried for war crimes committed at both Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz, found guilty of only two counts, and executed in December 1945.

Source / February 22, 2014 / 189

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