Nazi Essay

1538 words - 6 pages

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...

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