WW2 Carl Clauberg was a well-respected Professor and gynaecological
researcher with a successful medical career. But Clauberg, one of the most
respected individuals in the German medical society, transformed at Auschwitz
from a healer into a systematic killer.
Carl Clauberg was born in Wuppertal in 1898 into a craftsmen family. He
participated in WWI as infantryman, later studied medicine and advanced to
doctor-in-chief at the University gynaecological clinic in Kiel. He
entered the NSDAP in 1933, and later he was appointed Professor for
gynaecology at Koenigsberg University.
In December 1942, Carl Clauberg came to the death camp Auschwitz and
received Block 10 for his medical experimental activities. At Auschwitz
Professor Carl Clauberg injected chemical substances into wombs during his
experiments. Thousands of Jewish and Gypsy women were subjected to this
treatment. They were sterilized by the injections, producing horrible
pain, inflamed ovaries, bursting spasms in the stomach, and bleeding. The
injections seriously damaged the ovaries of the victims, which were then
removed and sent to Berlin.
Auschwitz victims were put into pressure chambers, tested with drugs,
frozen to death, and exposed to various other traumas. Men and women were
positioned repeatedly for several minutes between two x-ray machines aimed
at their sexual organs.
Most subjects died or were gassed immediately because the radiation burns
from which they suffered rendered them unfit for work. Men's testicles
were removed and sent to Breslau for further examination.
Carl Clauberg was put to trial in the Soviet Union and sentenced to 25
years. 7 years later, he was pardoned under the "returnee"
arrangement between Bonn and Moscow and went back to West Germany. Upon
returning he held a press conference and boasted of his scientific work at
After survivor groups protested, Clauberg was finally arrested in 1955 but
died in August 1957, shortly before his trial should have started.