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“Berlin buries prisoners’ tissue kept by Nazi-era doctor”
This doctor’s name was Hermann Stieve. He was active until his death in 1952 and he was never charged for his dealing with the executed prisoners’ remains.
A quote from the BBC article: “The anatomist’s use of the prisoners’ corpses had been kept almost in plain sight, because he kept meticulous records of his work. He had a particular interest in reproductive anatomy.His work was some of the first research to suggest that stress – in the form of being sentenced to death – could disrupt a woman’s menstrual cycle.”
BBC quote: “He then dissected them for research, before discreetly cremating and interring their bodies anonymously.”
Monday May 13, 2019 the bodies of 300 female resistance fighters got their last respect in an ceremony.
BBC quote again: “In a statement, Dr Karl Max Einhäupl, CEO of the Charité, said the burial was part of an effort by the hospital to confront its – and German medicine’s – difficult relationship with Nazism.”
“By burying the microscopic specimens at the Dorotheenstadt Cemetery, we want to help restore to the victims some of their dignity,” he said.
Hermann Stieve on the photo above was (according to Wikipedia) elected in 1940 as a foreign member number 799 of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
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“Swedish-German contacts in the field of anatomy 1930-1950: Gösta Häggqvist and Hermann Stieve”.
We have a lot in our Swedish history that is not tasteful but seldom talked about.
It’s surely a nice feeling-good movement to play the righteous nation in the world, but the historical reality within our borders is more complex than that.
Every Swedish newspaper no matter if small, had a short notice about this burial. But I just think Swedish TV and Radio Sweden too should have paid this cremony some respect by reporting about it. But of course – radio and TV public education is to serve us SOMA spaced drinks, to let us comfortably sink down in our big deep armchairs in our Brave New World. (?)
I refer in the last sentence to Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World” (1932). “Soma” was the drug served the citizens to keep them in order.