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Ruthless Science: The Mindset of Nazi Medical Researchers

Pears Annual Lecture with Professor Paul Weindling

Part of The Wiener Library's Science + Suffering event series.

Nazi medical experiments and coerced research were long viewed as “pseudo-science” or indeed as medicine “going mad”. More recent approaches have stressed the uninhibited rationality of the medical research in clinics and concentration camps. Reconstructing the hitherto overlooked victim narratives allows one to see how research subjects experienced the brutal but at the same time calculated conduct of the researchers. Moreover, the full scale reconstruction of the totality of Nazi medical research allows one to draw conclusions about the timing and circumstances of the coerced experiments and the taking of anthropological measurements. Based on collective biographical analysis, as well as perpetrator statements made during interrogations and post-war trials, it is now possible to gain greater insight into the mentalities of perpetrators


Dr Paul Weindling | talks | www


Date and Time:

19 September 2017 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247

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