by the Forward

New Sickening Details on Nazi Medical Experiments Revealed

Newly discovered testimony provides brutal new details about Nazi medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners, including reportedly locking one man inside a glass cage with thousands of mosquitoes in order to infect him with malaria.

An archivist recently stumbled upon an undated, three-page deposition submitted by a Jewish survivor of several concentration camps while cataloging Jewish Agency files at the Central Zionist Archive, Haaretz reported Monday.

The deposition, believed to have been recorded in the early postwar period, is the testimony of Heinz Reimer, a Jewish survivor of Dachau, Mauthausen and other camps. Reimer tells of undergoing Nazi hypothermia experiments at Dachau in which he and other prisoners were on multiple occasions immersed in ice water and then in boiling water.

His testimony is part of an application Reimer submitted requesting financial assistance from the Jewish Agency.

Reimer reported that along with other tortures he endured in the camps, he was purposely infected with various diseases by Nazi doctors in order to test cures for them.

While part of the testimony has been published, Patrick Casiano, the archivist at the Central Zionist Archive who discovered the document, told Haaretz it was the first time that the full three-page testimony has been available to historians.

In his testimony, Reimer names several Nazi doctors who experimented on him and told of being infected with malaria and syphilis so the doctors could then test various cures on him.

Rather than infecting him with an injection, the doctors, Reimer testified according to Haaretz, “locked me up every day for two hours in a glass cage and I had to endure thousands of Anopheles mosquitoes on my body.”

“Once I could no longer stand the pain I made an attempt of resistance against the mosquitoes while I assumed that this would not be seen. But the doctor, if you want to call this beast like this, saw my attempt of resistance in the mirror. For this I received seven days of strict detention. But before I was led away to the detention, I received 25 lashes with a leather bullwhip.”

Further details about Reimer’s life after filing the testimony were not immediately available, according to Haaretz.

Wednesday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

This story "New Sickening Details on Nazi Medical Experiments Revealed" was written by JTA.


Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

New Sickening Details on Nazi Medical Experiments Revealed

Thank you!

This article has been sent!