German doctors apologize for Nazi-era crimes

Germany’s medical association has adopted a declaration apologizing for sadistic experiments and other actions of doctors under the Nazis.

In the statement adopted earlier this week in Nuremberg, the association said many doctors under the Nazis were “guilty, contrary to their mission to heal, of scores of human rights violations and we ask the forgiveness of their victims, living and deceased, and of their descendants.”

In addition to performing pseudo-scientific experiments on concentration camp inmates, German doctors also were key to the Nazi’s program of forced sterilization or euthanasia of the mentally ill or others deemed “unworthy of life.”

The medical association says “these crimes were not the actions of individual doctors but involved leading members of the medical community” and should be taken as a warning for the future.

Reproduced via – http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_GERMANY_NAZI_DOCTORS?SECTION=HOME&SITE=AP&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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One Response to “German doctors apologize for Nazi-era crimes”
  1. Liverpool. says:

    How does an apology make up for the crimes that were committed by the German doctors during the Nazi-era? It is utterly appalling to even hear that some of the victims were considered ‘unworthy of life’. Since the German Medical Association condoned these acts, those responsible must held accountable for their actions.

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