Out of so many questions of why and how, one still looms large in the 21st century - how could so many people have collaborated with the Nazis before and during World War II, even though the regime under Hitler was rampaging through Europe, ghettoising and exterminating all that stood in its way?
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Nazi Collaborators - Hans Delmotte - Netflix
Hans Delmotte (born 15 December 1917 in Liège, died 1945) was a Belgian SS doctor at the Auschwitz concentration camp in the branch of the Hygiene Institute of the Waffen SS. Initially he refused to take part in selections, allegedly going as far as to tell his superiors “You can send me to the front or gas me myself, but I won't do it”. By the late fall of 1944 he finally was persuaded to take part in selections. For Delmotte's dissertation, he reserved a Jewish prisoner doctor and professor to assist him. For this research, Delmotte took part in typhus experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz. Delmotte's dissertation:. Contributions to pathological physiology of gastric secretion in typhoid fever was already completed in 1944. After the evacuation of Auschwitz in January 1945, Delmotte briefly continued to work in Dachau. While trying to make his way back to Belgium, he was arrested by members of the U.S. Army. During the transfer to a prison, Delmotte managed to shoot himself.
Nazi Collaborators - Literature - Netflix
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