German research organization to identify Nazi victims that ended up as brain slides

They are kept deep in the archive of the Max Planck Society in Munich – human brain specimens, elaborately prepared and neatly labeled.Some of the brain specimens belong to Nazi victims. They were murdered because they were mentally ill or disabled and considered “unworthy of life,” according to Hitler.About 300,000 people including children were killed in the Nazi’s so-called “euthanasia program, T4.”But the victims’ brains were preserved.”These Nazi crimes [committed during] the euthanasia program were a good opportunity for scientists to get their hands on brain tissues and examine rare neurological diseases,” says Herwig Czech, a historian at the University of Vienna.Doctors could even order the brain of a certain patient – a patient they found interesting for research.

Source: German research organization to identify Nazi victims that ended up as brain slides | Science | DW.COM | 02.05.2017

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