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A war crimes investigation photo of the disfigured leg of Maria Kusmierczuk, a Ravensbrueck inmate, who was subjected to medical experiments with sulphonamide drugs in 1942. The photograph was taken in Poland by investigators prior to the opening of the trial.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 63562

A war crimes investigation photo of the disfigured leg of Maria Kusmierczuk, a Ravensbrueck inmate, who was subjected to medical experiments with sulphonamide drugs in 1942. The photograph was taken in Poland by investigators prior to the opening of the trial.

The experiments were conducted by Dr. Fritz Fischer, Prof. Karl Gebhardt, Dr. Stumpfegger and Ravensbrueck camp doctor, Herta Oberheuser. This photograph was entered as evidence for the prosecution at the Medical Case trial in Nuremberg. The victims gathered in Medical Academy in Gdansk, Poland in the summer of 1946. Dr. M. Michejda Chief of Chirurgy Dept) described the injuries and had photographs taken of the mutilated legs were taken.

The disfiguring scars on the woman's right leg resulted from incisions made by medical personnel that were purposely infected with bacteria, dirt and slivers of glass, in order to simulate the combat wounds of German soldiers fighting in the war. The inflamed area was then treated with sulphonamide drugs. Many of the prisoners subjected to these treatments died from their wounds.

Date
June 1946 - August 1946
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Anna Hassa Jarosky and Peter Hassa
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Record last modified: 2006-02-07 00:00:00
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