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History, Holocaust, Europe, extermination, genocide, doctors


European History | Holocaust and Genocide Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences


When the Nazis came to power in Germany, medical doctors rushed to join the party. They were very strong in nationalism. Over seventy percent of the medical profession joined the party.

When the Nazis started the concentration camps, the doctors proved just as eager, rushing forward to do the experiments Himmler assigned. At first the doctors were very zealous in their duties. They had a need to succeed. They were ambitious people and each had a goal that he was striving toward. Some wanted to become departmental chairs at universities. Some of the doctors looked at the experiments as a way to become famous in the scientific field. There were others who just wanted to do the best job as they were qualified to do.

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