Researcher discovers remains of Holocaust victims of Nazi experiments

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Remains Of Jewish Nazi Victims Found In France

A historian in France has discovered the remains of dozens of Jewish Holocaust victims who were experimented on by Nazis.

Raphael Toledano, a researcher from Strasbourg, has spent more than a decade researching the French city's Nazi past.

It all began when he stumbled upon a WWII-era letter detailing the storage of remains taken from 86 Jews. The grisly discovery included "a jar containing skin fragments of a victim of the gas chambers" as well as "two tubes containing the contents of an intestine and the stomach of a victim."

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A plaque in memory of 86 Jews killed for Nazi medical experiments at the university of Strasbourg during World War II is pictured at the entrance of the anatomy school in Strasbourg, eastern France, Monday, July 20, 2015. The remains of Jewish gas chamber victims subjected to Nazi anatomy experiments have been traced to a medical research facility in the eastern French city of Strasbourg. A researcher discovered a post-World War II-era letter from the then-director of the Strasbourg Medical Institute about the experiments directed by Nazi anatomist August Hirt. The letter detailed the storage of tissue samples taken from Jews killed in gas chambers built specifically for Hirt's experiments. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)
Names on a stone, in memory of 86 Jews killed for Nazi medical experiments at the university of Strasbourg during World War II, are pictured at the Jewish cemetery in Cronenbourg near Strasbourg, eastern France, Monday, July 20, 2015. The remains of Jewish gas chamber victims subjected to Nazi anatomy experiments have been traced to a medical research facility in the French city of Strasbourg. A researcher discovered a post-World War II-era letter from the then-director of the Strasbourg Medical Institute about the experiments directed by Nazi anatomist August Hirt. The letter detailed the storage of tissue samples taken from Jews killed in gas chambers built specifically for Hirt's experiments. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)
Picture taken on July 20, 2015 shows a corridor behind a window at the entrance of the forensic medicine institute in Strasbourg, eastern France, where remains belonging to victims of Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt have been found. Eighty-six Jews had been sent to the gas chambers in 1943 and their bodies brought to Strasbourg, then under Nazi occupation and where Hirt was assembling a macabre collection of corpses. Along with the current director of the institute Jean-Sebastien Raul, historian Raphael Toledano found that some remains were still lying undiscovered at the forensic medicine institute more than 70 years on. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
Evelyn Grolke from Munich, Germany, points at the name of a relative that is marked in the memorial for the victims of Nazi doctor August Hirt at the Jewish cemetery in Strasbourg eastern France, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005. The memorial was inaugurated Sunday and commemorates 86 Jewish prisoners from Auschwitz concentration camp who were brought to Strasbourg for racial pseudo medical experiments at the medical college of the university of Strasbourg. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)
Evelyn Grolke from Munich, Germany, points at the name of a relative that is marked in the memorial for the victims of Nazi doctor August Hirt at the Jewish cemetery in Strasbourg eastern France, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005. The memorial was inaugurated Sunday and commemorates 86 Jewish prisoners from Auschwitz concentration camp who were brought to Strasbourg for racial pseudo medical experiments at the medical college of the university of Strasbourg. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)
Picture taken on July 20, 2015 shows the entrance of the forensic medicine institute in Strasbourg, eastern France, where remains belonging to victims of Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt have been found. Eighty-six Jews had been sent to the gas chambers in 1943 and their bodies brought to Strasbourg, then under Nazi occupation and where Hirt was assembling a macabre collection of corpses. Along with the current director of the institute Jean-Sebastien Raul, historian Raphael Toledano found that some remains were still lying undiscovered at the forensic medicine institute more than 70 years on. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
A camerawoman films a door with a plaque reading 'Francois Hildwein museum' in the forensic medicine institute in Strasbourg, eastern France, on July 20, 2015, behind which remains belonging to victims of Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt have been found. Eighty-six Jews had been sent to the gas chambers in 1943 and their bodies brought to Strasbourg, then under Nazi occupation and where Hirt was assembling a macabre collection of corpses. Along with the current director of the institute Jean-Sebastien Raul, historian Raphael Toledano found that some remains were still lying undiscovered at the forensic medicine institute more than 70 years on. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
Jean-Sebastien Raul, director of the Strasbourg forensic medicine institute, poses on July 20, 2015 inside an autopsy room in the institute in Strasbourg, eastern France, where remains belonging to victims of Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt have been found. Eighty-six Jews had been sent to the gas chambers in 1943 and their bodies brought to Strasbourg, then under Nazi occupation and where Hirt was assembling a macabre collection of corpses. Along with the current director of the institute Jean-Sebastien Raul, historian Raphael Toledano found that some remains were still lying undiscovered at the forensic medicine institute more than 70 years on. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HERTZOG (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt selected the victims for his macabre experiments.

They were sent to gas chambers at concentration camps and their bodies brought to Strasbourg where Hirt examined them.

He conducted horrifying tests on the bodies designed to prove that Jews were inferior to other races. In 1945 Hirt committed suicide the leftover remains ended up in the forensic science museum at the University of Strasbourg where they were tracked down by Toledano 70 years later.

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