Natzweiler-Struthof Concentration Camp

Four crématoire à Natzweiler-Struthof camp
Four crématoire à Natzweiler-Struthof camp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp was located in the Alsace-Lorraine region between France and Germany. Germany annexed the Alsace region after defeating France in June 1940. This camp held many members of the French resistance as well as Jews and gypsies. Natzweiler-Struthof is known for the horrific medical experiments conducted within its walls. The bodies of gassed Jews were taken to the nearby university and studied by Dr. August Hirt in order to prove the racial superiority of Aryans. Medical experiments also included studying new treatments for disease like typhus and yellow fever. The Natzweiler-Struthof camp system had over 50 subcamps where prisoners worked in the armament industry. By the time Allies liberated the camp in March 1945, over 17,000 inmates had perished behind of the walls of the Natzweiler-Struthof camp and its surrounding subcamps.

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