Friday, May 25, 2012

German doctors apologize for Holocaust horrors

MSNBC: The German Medical Association has issued a remarkably blunt and straightforward apology, more than six decades after the end of World War II, for the role it played during the Holocaust in the mass murder, sterilization and barbaric medical experiments done on Jews and many other groups.

Unanimously adopted by the delegates of the Physician's Congress, the declaration makes no excuses and says that contrary to popular belief doctors were not forced by political authorities to kill and experiment on prisoners but rather engaged in the Holocaust as leaders and enthusiastic Nazi supporters.

The apology notes that “outstanding representatives of renowned academic medical and research institutions were involved” in organizing and carrying out the mass extermination of millions. In the history of apologies for crimes and abuses carried out in the name of medicine this is the most important ever made.

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