Sitting on an operating table, deep inside the corridors of
Azchwitz concentration camp, a man is listening to the Nazi
gun fire outside. He hears the innocent screams as
automatic weapons mow through crowds of families
deemed "unfit to live". Gradually silence falls, only to be
broken again by the solitary pops of a pistol, finishing of
those who did not die right off. It should be a sickening
feeling for this man, he should feel anger and hate, and
sadness for these newest additions to the Nazi stoves. But
this man can no longer feel such sadness, such grief.
Instead he feels only jealousy, jealousy for those who had
died quickly, with a bullet to the brain or the heart. No
doubt, considering what he's been through, and what he
will go through still, he considers the others to be the lucky
ones. They will not boil. They will not freeze. They will not
be diseased or hacked apart. They will not have their heads
explode in a pressurised chamber. They were the lucky
ones, not chosen to act as guinea pigs to further science by
dying a slow painful death at the hands of the most
gruesome members of the Nazi party, the "Nazi Doctors".
When World War two ended in 1945, over eleven
thousand people had been exterminated(p4 Freidman) in
the Nazis' effort to "racially purify" Germany and its'
territories. It seemed tat the vast majority of these killings
had taken place in concentration camps, by releasing
Zyklon-B(p68 Guthman) in gas chambers disguised as
showers. As the allies began holding the first war criminal
trials, however, it was quickly seen that a secret, genocide
far more hideous than was previously suspected, had taken
place. Worse still, the killers were not radical soldiers, but
respected members of the German scientificand Medical
community. The German government had given the
"Doctors of death" (p34, Gilbert) endless supplies of
subjects to experiment on in any way they pleased. Some
experiments were to benefit the army. They included high
altitude tests, as well as the bodies reactions to freezing
temperatures.(p2, Net) Other experiments were called for
by the nazis themselves, such as tests in genetic traits, mind
controlling drugs and mass sterilization.(p3-5, Net) There
were medicine tests and more commonly, tests using
diseases without any known cures. The most gruesome
tests however, were fabricated in the twisted minds of the
doctors themselves and are famous for their void of any
purposes at all. The high altitude tests were experiments
initiated by the nazi government and followed closely by
Heinrich Himmler.(p36, Gilbert) The experiments were
conducted in a low pressure chamber that could simulate
flight up to 68,000 feet above sea level.(p37, Gilbert) Their
point was to record the subjects reaction to flight in high
pressure areas, and in high and low oxygen areas. Through
a small window, the scientists could watch and record the
subjects exact point of death, usually from rupturing
lungs.(p2, Net) One eye witness claimed that men would
"tear their heads and faces off with finger nails"(p36,
Gilbert) in attempts to relive the pressure from their
eardrums. At least 200 prisoners are known to have died
from these experiments. The second experiments for army
use were the heating/freezing tests. These tests judged the
amount of time a person could be exposed to freezing
temperatures before they died.(p57, Guthman) The results
were meant to help determine how long Nazi soldiers could
remain in trenches throughout the Russian winter. Test
subjects were put naked into vats of 37 degree water. It
was gradually lowered to 25 degrees.(p55, Guthman) The
subjects body temperature was measured through the
stomach or rectum until he died, at which point his body
was analyzed to find the exact cause of death. It was
usually heart failure.(p57, Guthman) One particular story of
this torturous test was about two Russian POWs. In most
tests, the men would last for one hour before dying. The
two Russians were still living after two hours of freezing,
when one was about to ask the German officer to just
shoot them. To the idea, the second replied "Don't expect
any sympathy from this Fascist dog!"(p32, FReidman)
Instead, the men said their good-byes and awaited death. It
took a total of five hours to come.(p32, Freidman) Often,
when the cold tank was not usable, the experiment was
improvised by strapping naked subjects to stretchers and
set outside to brave the harsh winter night. At one hour
intervals, the subject was drenched with ice water until he
froze.(p18, Gilbert) Once frozen, the Nazis would test a
verity of methods to resuscitate him. These methods
included placing the subject under heat lamps, forcefully
irrigating his body with near- boiling water, forcing sexual
intercourse, and