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May 31, 2008 at 1:19 pm Comments (0)

Bad Idea: Award for Doctor that was previously Nazi and SS Member

Dr. Hans-Joachim Sewering, a previously-Nazi doctor, aged 92, and past member of the SS has just been honoured for having “performed unequalled services in the cause of freedom of the practice and the independence of the medical profession, and to the nation’s health system,” according to a press statement by the German Federation of Internal Medicine (the BDI).

He was suspected of carrying out Hitler’s euthanasia policies according to Der SpiegelĀ  by sending approximately 900 children to their death in a euthanasia centre. Because of this (and his SS record), when he was nominated in 1992 as head of the World Medical Association he was forced to withdraw. Now 16 years later the German Federation of Medicine has given him an award.

It is outrageous that only a handful of the Nazi doctor perpetrators were ever punished or even had their licenses revoked and many rose to high positions in the medical establishment. The medical establishment needs to take action and punish, not reward, perpetrators such as “Dr.” Sewering.