Nazi Gynecological Instruments Found

Published: August 30th 2010
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Uncovered Nazi medical tools

A terrifying and shocking collection of instruments, which were used by Nazi death camp doctors to perform medical experiments on prisoners in Auschwitz, were found in a home near the former death camp.


The collection includes more than 150 gynecological and surgical instruments, shown in the picture on the right, which were found in Oswiecim, a small adjacent town, after which the death camp was named.


A spokesman for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp Museum said on Thursday (August 23rd) that the instruments are thought to have been used by Carl Clauberg, a Nazi physician who was a member of the SS, and experimented with methods of mass sterilization of women, as a part of the Third Reich's plan to exterminate the entire Jewish race. Scores of women who were held as prisoners at the death camp died as a result of the demented procedures which were performed on them by Clauberg and his “medical” crew.


The tools were found after the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp, within the area that was closed and inaccessible from outside, the camp interest zone, close to the train station in Oswiecim. They were in private hands for over 60 years and through a local collector and enthusiast of history, they were just donated to the Museum.


"This is a great event, quite unusual. I never thought that after so many years it would be possible to identify and acquire such a rich collection. Moreover, there are very few items related to the SS doctors’ pseudo-scientific experiments. Evidence of their crimes were either destroyed or consistently sent to the depths of the Reich,” director of the Museum Doctor Cywinski emphasized.


This discovery comes after a fire at the Majdanek concentration camp wiped out some 10,000 pairs of shoes earlier this month, which belonged to the victims. As well, in May, heavy floods covered the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and nearly destroyed the memorial area.


In June 1945, Clauberg was taken prisoner by the Russians. He was then sentenced to 25 years behind bars, before being sent back to West Germany in 1955. He was charged again on the basis of complaints and evidence provided by the survivors. He died two years later, in 1957.

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