" If These are Men, I am the
worst loathsome person! " The self-examination of the professor of
medicine August Hirt, provoked by the fear of being soon captured
by the French troops, lasted only a few moments. The gypsies he
used as guinea pigs could not be men, one do not make that to men…
If the Jews were men, no one would forgive him the constitution of
its invaluable collection of skulls. It had been necessary to him
to proceed in urgency, Heinrich Himmler had entrusted him that
soon there would be no more a single Jew alive in Europe! He had
reacted as a Nazi scientific, he had selected the most
representative subjects of the race, according to Mein Kampf, had measured them from every angle, had photographed them…
before gasing them to reduce them to skeletons.
In his 10th book, Serge
Janouin-Benanti pulls us to the concentration camp of
Natzweiler-Struthof in Alsace. Not only he reveals us the
experiments of August Hirt, but also those of two other eminent
professors of the Faculty of Medicine of Strasbourg: the
virologist and candidate for the Nobel prize Eugen Haagen as well
as the director of the policlinic, Otto Bickenbach.
narrative leaves us speechless. He plunges us into the abomination
of the racist logic. An unforgettable book.