The Nazis’ use of eugenics to create their ideal population was devastating to every party involved. By manipulating the education system, the Nazis taught medical students anti semitic practices that would be taken to extreme levels. However, the physicians employed to perform the experiments and killings of those living in concentration camps were very aware of what they were doing. Too, they were aware of the moral obligation they held as a doctor, yet ignored it. According to the testimonies of the Doctor’s Trial, the doctors who performed experiments were overcome with the desire of pushing the human pain threshold to its absolute limit. While the desire to inflict harm is not typical for a professional, the ideals that they held erased all morality that they had.
This kind of mass genocide had not been seen by most of the world’s population before, nor the level of brutality that the Nazis enforced within the camps. The power to legally kill mass amounts of humans is too powerful, and this power would ultimately lead to the end of the Nazi Party and World War II. Though typically for the wrong reasons, no country wants to coexist with an all-powerful leader, which motivates the ending of the war. The Doctor’s Trials exposed the evidence and details of the genocide to the world. The trials helped leaders and professionals understand why and how something like this happened so that it would never happen again. May the medical field never forget these crimes against humanity.