War Crimes Trials: Medical Case - Taylor explains medical experiments in indictment
- Event Date
- 1946 December 09
- Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
(Munich 479) War Crimes Trials - Subsequent Trial Proceedings, Case 1 (Medical Case), Nuremberg, Germany. Brig. General Telford Taylor continues the reading of the indictment and tells of the torture and death of concentration camp inmates during the so-called "scientific experiments." HS, MS defendants in the prisoners' dock. Pan of the courtroom from defendant to Gen. Taylor reading the indictment. 04:11:06 "The victims who did not die in the course of such experiments, surely wished that they had. A long report written in July 1942 by Rascher, and by the defendants Ruff and Romberg, describes an experiment on a former delicatessen clerk, who was given an oxygen mask and raised in the chamber to an atmospheric elevation of over 47,000 feet, at which point the mask was removed and a parachute descent was simulated. The report describes the victim's reactions-"spasmodic convulsions," "agonal convulsive breathing," "clonic convulsions and groans," "yells aloud," "convulses arms and legs," "grimaces, bites his tongue," "does not respond to speech," "gives the impression of someone who is completely out of his mind."" Taylor indicts particular defendants and continues a long sustained descriptive statement about "medical" experiments and procedures. He quotes directly from Nazi documents submitted as evidence. Pan of dock and courtroom as Taylor speaks about high and low pressure experiments, freezing experiments, rewarming experiments of gypsy women and children at Ravensbrueck, and "dry" cold experiments.
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