Researcher discovers remains of Holocaust victims of Nazi experiments

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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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)
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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