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A Czech scientist and Wendell Birmingham, an American soldier, examining a shrunken head in Buchenwald after liberation.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 45081

A Czech scientist and Wendell Birmingham, an American soldier, examining a shrunken head in Buchenwald after liberation.

The Czech was a former prisoner who was forced to dissect cadavers in Buchenwald. The head is of an executed Pole, which, on the instructions of the SS, had been shrunken according to the method used by the Jivaro Indians of Ecuador. Visible behind them are pieces of tanned, tattooed human skin and organs, all stored in the pathology laboratory where the SS forced staff workers to dissect the bodies of dead prisoners and make a collection of abnormalities.

Date
1945 April 11 - 1945 May 01
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
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Record last modified: 2018-12-03 00:00:00
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