The medical conditions in concentration camps were very horrible. Many things happened to the prisoners at this camp and most of the worst things happened because of the medical treatments.  Throughout all the camps medical experiments were performed on the prisoners.

They were not only performed on the Jewish but on all different kinds of people that were at the camps. The experiments were for the most part either harsh or deadly. Some of the experiments were as follows. People were submersed in ice cold water for hours on end to test out new kinds of suits. Others were deprived of oxygen, sterilized, had patches of their skin burned, or immediately killed by an injection to the heart for dissection.

Some people were also sent away to anatomy hospitals.  One of the most desired places to be by doctors was Block 10. Block 10 was in Auschwitz and was a medical block. It meant the difference between life and death for many people in Auschwitz. There were benefits and disadvantages to being there for both the doctors and the prisoners. For a doctor it was seen as a chance to do any and all experiments they thought might be interesting. For prisoners it was a chance to live, if they were lucky. Some prisoners were taken by doctors for experiments and depending on the nature of the experiment they might live for a long time or be killed immediately. Doctors picked which people should be killed through a selection process. A person could be killed for having as little as a tiny scar, or because Of a defect, or anything at all. The doctors of Block 10 are most remembered. The two that stand out most are Josef Mengele and Ernst B. Josef Mengele as one of the cruelest doctors who killed many, many people. He was said to be seen at selections night and day. And in some cases even taking children to the gas chambers by playing a game with them. However, Ernst B. was different.

In fact, some prisoners even refused to identify him for authorities. He did not participate in selections. He also saw to it to save many lives by performing non-harmful experiments. He was never charged with war crimes and was remembered as one of the only caring Nazis and friend of the prisoners. The Medical conditions throughout the camps were very harsh, as I have told you already. However they could sometimes be life saving. And even sometimes provided caring doctors.

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William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team)
William completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in 2013. He current serves as a lecturer, tutor and freelance writer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking his dog and parasailing. Article last reviewed: 2022 | St. Rosemary Institution © 2010-2024 | Creative Commons 4.0

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