Resources included on this page discuss the medical experiments performed on concentration camp inmates.


Print Resources:


Grabowski, John
DD247.M46 G73 2004 Check availability
Josef Mengele (Heroes and Villains)
Gr. 6-8
Profiles the Nazi war criminal who decided which Auschwitz inmates would work, which would be subjected to experimentation, and which would die.

Grodin, Michael A.
R724.M3125 1994 Check Availability
Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust
Faced with infectious diseases, starvation, lack of medicines, lack of clean water, and safe sewage, Jewish physicians practiced medicine under severe conditions in the ghettos and concentration camps of the Holocaust. Despite the odds against them, physicians managed to supply public health education, enforce hygiene protocols, inspect buildings and latrines, enact quarantine, and perform triage.

Grodin, Michael A.
R694.J49 2014 Check Availability
Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust
Faced with infectious diseases, starvation, lack of medicines, lack of clean water, and safe sewage, Jewish physicians practiced medicine under severe conditions in the ghettos and concentration camps of the Holocaust. Despite the odds against them, physicians managed to supply public health education, enforce hygiene protocols, inspect buildings and latrines, enact quarantine, and perform triage.

Kor, Eva Mozes and Buccieri, Lisa Rojany
DS135.H93 K673 2009 Check availability
Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz
Gr. 6-8
The author recounts her and her twin's experience as test subjects for Dr. Josef Mengele at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and what she has done since then.
This link provides a word document that gives vocabulary, activities, and discussion questions.

Michalczyk, John J.
CALL #
Medicine, Ethics, and the Third Reich: Historical and Contemporary Issues
Amid all contemporary discussion of ethical issues in science, many ethicists, historians, Holocaust specialists and medical professionals strongly feel that we should understand the past in order to make more enlightened ethical decisions.

Spitz, Vivien
R853.H8 S68 2005 Check Availability
Doctors From Hell
This is a chilling story of human depravity and ultimate justice, told for the first time by an eyewitness-a court reporter for the Nuremberg war crimes trial of Nazi doctors.

Schwarberg, Gunther
D804.G4 S3313 1984 Check Availability
The Murders at Bullenhuser Damm
Not Rated
Describes the medical experiments performed by a German doctor on twenty Jewish children taken from Nazi concentration camps.

Wittenstein, Vicki Oransky
R853.H8 W58 2014 Check availability
For the Good of Mankind? The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation
Gr. 8-12
Discusses the several medical advances that were achieved through unethical medical experimentation of humans.
This link sets up a research project and classroom debate on the topic of medical ethics.

Audiovisual Resources:


C.A.N.D.L.E.S.: The Story of the Mengele Twins
Kent State University Teleproductions
DD247.M46 C36 1990 Check availability
Not Rated
Documentary program of the August 1989 trip to Auschwitz and Jerusalem by C.A.N.D.L.E.S. (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiment Survivors).
Run time: 57 minutes

Council of the Gods
First Run Features
PN1997.R38 R38 2007 Check availability
Not Rated
A chemist who is neutral in the war allows poison to be produced in his factory that is being used in the Nazi concentration camps to kill the masses.
Run time: 111 minutes

Eva Kor
R724.E93 2013 Check Availability
Medical Ethics Presentation
Not Rated
Holocaust survivor Eva Kor's discussion of the ethics of medical experimentation on people during a presentation on April 2 at Indiana State University.

Forgiving Dr. Mengele
First Run Features
D804.48.F67 2007 Check availability
Not Rated
Eva Kor, who, along with her twin sister, endured the experiments of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, decides to forgive him and other perpetrators in order to help herself emotionally heal.
Run time: 80 minutes

QB VII
Screen Gems and Columbia Tri Star Home Entertainment
PN1995.9.J8 Q2 2001 Check availability
Not Rated
A Polish expatriate doctor living in England sues an American writer for libel when the writer accuses him of carrying out criminal medical activities for the Nazis during World War II.
Run time: 313 minutes (2 disc set)

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