Clauberg (1898-1957), Carl

23 February, 2009
Bovy Daniel

Doctor Clauberg was ordered by Himmler to conduct sterilization research on Auschwitz female inmates. On May 30, 1942, he wrote to Himmler and complained about the difficulties he experienced finding women prisoners for experiments concerning the “negative policy of the population”. One can evaluate at approximately 700 the number of women who were victims of his treatments. On June 7, 1943, he sent a report to Himmler: “The method I contrived to achieve the sterilization of the female organism without operation is as good as perfected. It can be performed by a single injection made at the entrance of the uterus in the course of the customary gynecological examination known to every physician”. In January 1945, he went to the Ravensbrück concentration camp where he continued practicing his “medical” experiments. He was made prisoner by the Russians in June 1945. First condemned to 25 years of imprisonment, he was sent back to Germany in 1955 but was charged because of several complaints of survivors. He died in 1957 before he could be judged.

Lifton, RJ., 1986, The Nazi doctors: medical killing and the psychology of génocide, New York: Basic Books.

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Bovy Daniel, Clauberg (1898-1957), Carl , Mass Violence & Résistance, [online], published on: 23 February, 2009, accessed 17/02/2021,, ISSN 1961-9898
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