One witness described how Nazi Dr. Another told of killing her newborn infant rather than let it starve in a Mengele experiment. A third witness recounted how Mengele kept hundreds of human eyes pinned to his lab wall ''like a collection of butterflies. Mengele is accused of sending , Jews to their death at Auschwitz from to But these survivors were kept alive because they were twins, and he wanted them for medical experiments aimed at creation of an Aryan superrace. He is wanted in Israel and West Germany for crimes against humanity. According to Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal, who also took part in the tribunal, Mengele lives in a closed military zone in Paraguay along the Brazilian border. Wiesenthal said Mengele, who would be 73, is practicing medicine. White-haired Ella Lingens, a Christian physician from Vienna who was sent to Auschwitz for helping Jews escape from the Nazis, recounted a conversation she had with Mengele in the spring of Then he said the only question was who would dominate the other.
One of five children, Claude grew up in a Catholic family in Paris. His father, a physician, owned a prosperous general medicine practice and medical laboratory. Claude's father encouraged him to study medicine and to join his practice, but Claude was more interested in becoming a lawyer. By mid, Germany's threat against France had escalated, and on September 3, , France declared war on Germany. Claude knew that his country stood little chance of winning against the Nazis. In October he was drafted into the French army. After basic training, he was promoted to corporal and assigned to a tank division stationed southeast of Paris. Like other POWs, he was put to forced work for the Reich. As punishment for threatening to kill a guard, he was made to work in a hospital where Nazi doctors performed "medical experiments.
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Medical progress saves lives, but sometimes scientists let the hope of a breakthrough get in the way of ethics. For instance, the U. The Guatemala project is just one of many terrible experiments done in the name of medicine. Some ethical lapses are mistakes by people sure they're doing the right thing. Other times, they're pure evil. Here are eight of the worst experiments on human subjects in history.