Dr. Irmfried Eberl (1910-1948): Mass murdering MD

Rael D. Strous*

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Abstract

There are isolated cases of physicians who murdered their patients. However, never had a single physician personally supervised the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of individuals, until Dr. Irmfried Eberl. Commander of the Nazi death camp Treblinka, he killed both the ill and those he considered "a disease to his nation." At age 32 Dr. Eberl established Treblinka, where he was responsible for the killing of approximately 280,000 individuals within a few weeks. The position of camp commandant was earned following his success as head of two psychiatric hospitals in Germany where he coordinated the murder of thousands of mentally ill Jews and non-Jews within the context of the euthanasia program. However, few in medicine have heard of him or the harm he caused to the ethical practice of the profession and to human rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-218
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume11
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Irmfried Eberl
  • Nazi

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