Serge Janouin-Benanti

If These are Men…

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Death' doctors at Natzweiler-Struthof camp

" If These are Men, I am the worst loathsome person! " The self-examination of the professor of medicine August Hirt, provoked by the fear of being soon captured by the French troops, lasted only a few moments. The gypsies he used as guinea pigs could not be men, one do not make that to men…

If the Jews were men, no one would forgive him the constitution of its invaluable collection of skulls. It had been necessary to him to proceed in urgency, Heinrich Himmler had entrusted him that soon there would be no more a single Jew alive in Europe! He had reacted as a Nazi scientific, he had selected the most representative subjects of the race, according to Mein Kampf, had measured them from every angle, had photographed them… before gasing them to reduce them to skeletons.

In his 10th book, Serge Janouin-Benanti pulls us to the concentration camp of Natzweiler-Struthof in Alsace. Not only he reveals us the experiments of August Hirt, but also those of two other eminent professors of the Faculty of Medicine of Strasbourg: the virologist and candidate for the Nobel prize Eugen Haagen as well as the director of the policlinic, Otto Bickenbach.

His upsetting narrative leaves us speechless. He plunges us into the abomination of the racist logic. An unforgettable book.