Top university confronts medical crimes and its Nazi past

For decades, students at the prestigious University of Strasbourg swapped rumours that human remains from Nazi victims, preserved as anatomical or pathological specimens, were still somewhere on campus, writes Aurelien Breeden. There was reason for suspicion.

When Germany annexed the Alsace region of France in 1940, it had poured in money and resources to transform the university into a model Nazi institution: the Reichsuniversität Strassburg.

From 1941 to 1944, professors in the medical faculty forced at least 250 people from concentration or death camps to undergo experiments, some involving chemical weapons like mustard gas or deadly diseases like typhus. Eighty-six Jews, brought from Auschwitz, were murdered at a nearby camp for a planned skeleton collection. But a full account of what transpired during those years was hard to come by.
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