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Caroline Ferriday collection

Document | Accession Number: 1994.A.0334 | RG Number: RG-10.204

Contains correspondence, photographs, press clippings, essays, news articles, and other information regarding restitution for the subjects of medical experiments at the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Dr. Karl Gebhardt, Dr. Fritz Ficher, Dr. Herta Oberheuser, and others conducted the medical experiments on women political prisoners. The medical experiments were supposedly designed to test the efficacy of sulfonamide drugs on wounds likely to be sustained in combat. The test subjects, or lapins, as they came to be known, suffered the removal of bone mass from the lower legs and the insertion of septic materials including glass, dirt, and infected rags into the void created by the bone removal. Most test subjects did not survive the experiments. Also includes information regarding the continuation of Dr. Herta Oberheuser’s medical career after her conviction for crimes against humanity and the subsequent suspension of her medical license as the result of publicity initiated by Caroline Ferriday and others.

1952-1983  (inclusive)
1952-1963  (bulk)
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Record last modified: 2017-09-12 11:50:25
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