Nazi scientific experiments, World War II, concentration camps, Holocaust Museum, pseudoscience, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Nazi racial ideology
During World War II, the Nazis were responsible for some of the worst crimes that humanity has ever witnessed. Their actions were so horrendous that this period was called the Holocaust, or the "killing of the whole". The Nazis not only killed millions of innocent Jews with abandon, but they likewise tortured thousands of Jews, and other victims, to attain medical research that would benefit them and their cause. The ethical and moral ramifications of the use of Nazi experimental data make it necessary to take a strong stand against the use of such information. Any useful data that was obtained by the Nazis through unethical means should not be used in current research as it would set a dangerous precedent for future collection of data.
[...] We “need to keep the past alive, especially in the face of strong forces of forgetfulness, revisionist history, or repression” (Mostow, 1993), and a memorial will do just that. Not using Nazi data would create a memorial more physical than thousands of tons of marble can with more profoundness than architecture can capture. Of course every memorial does have its costs; both physical and otherwise. By foregoing the limited scientific data that might be of little use, we can gain greater rewards. We can show solidarity with the group of people who were most affected to ensure such events do not occur. [...]
[...] The environmental consulting firm that was hired kept on defending the data usage, even though it proved to be scientifically flawed on multiple levels: fortunately the data was not used (Cohen, 1997). The use of unethical data such as this is undesirable from a scientific standpoint as it degrades science and methodology. Many scientists have the stated opinions that unethical experiments are often biased and not necessarily productive for the advancement of science. So strong is their conviction that they have called most of the Nazi experiments “mere sadism” and “pseudoscience”, even Brigadier General Telford Taylor stated that these experiments “revealed nothing which civilized medicine can (Cohen, 1997). [...]
[...] The nazi scientific experiments During World War II, the Nazis were responsible for some of the worst crimes that humanity has ever witnessed. Their actions were so horrendous that this period was called the Holocaust, or the “killing of the whole.” The Nazis not only killed millions of innocent Jews with abandon, but they likewise tortured thousands of Jews, and other victims, to attain medical research that would benefit them and their cause. The ethical and moral ramifications of the use of Nazi experimental data make it necessary to take a strong stand against the use of such information. [...]
[...] There should be no considerations of the benefits of Nazi experimentation. If there were to be such consideration, at what point would we stop? How far would we be willing to take experiments to provide for the “better Some might be willing to sacrifice hundreds of lives if it meant improving the lives of millions, while others would be willing to sacrifice thousands. This is a trend which should not be started. One of the ways to prevent such a trend from happening is the establishment of ethical standards that would be used as a benchmark for all experiments as well as the citation of previous experiments. [...]
[...] (2000). Taking Seriously Victims of Unethical Experiments: Susan Brison's Conception of the Self and ItsRelevance to Bioethics. Journal of Social Philosophy. Vol 31. Issue 3 N.Y. Times (1998). Panel Passes Bill to Make Nazi Data Public. N.Y. Times. [...]
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