Hedy Epstein

Born in Germany to a Jewish family, Ms. Epstein experienced Kristallnacht and the Kindertransport before much of her family was killed in concentration camps. She also worked as a research analyst at the Nuremberg Trial of the physicians accused of performing medical experiments on concentration camp inmates: ”It was just horrendous to hear the survivors of some of these experiments testify. I especially remember one of the defendants; there were 23 defendants and one of them was a woman. She had worked in the women’s camp at Ravensbrück. During the testimony, she was asked, ‘Why did you perform these particular experiments on these women?’ And she said, ‘Well, they were just Polish and they were going to die anyway.’ For her, because they were Polish, they were less human beings.”

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