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Doctors from Hell: The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,324 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
A chilling story of human depravity and ultimate justice, told for the first time by an eyewitness court reporter for the Nuremberg war crimes trial of Nazi doctors. This is the account of 23 men torturing and killing by experiment in the name of scientific research and patriotism. The book includes trial transcripts that have not been easily available to the general publi ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Sentient Publications (first published January 4th 2005)
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holocaust, library
Documented history, hopefully never to be lost. A fresh approach to the Nuremberg trials and the atrocities of the Holocaust. Spitz, the youngest court reporter during this time of testimony, writes with a profound sense of truth and a no nonsense dedication to facts.
May 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Well written book, but I felt a bit hoodwinked. The title suggested a more comprehensive picture of the atrocities committed by medical professionals within the Third Reich. However the book is really a summary of court room testimonies as recorded by one of the court reporters. The author also gives a brief glimpse in to the climate (physical and emotional) of Nuremberg during the secondary trials and her life after returning to the US.

Interestingly, one of the witnesses for the prosecution was
Mar 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Considering the author was the court reporter...of course the book is highly detailed. She also does a good job reporting from a non insider point of view, especially just about how things were run, how she got to be in the trial and all of that. When it came down to the trials themselves and what was said, if you're a world war II buff, this is really good. She definitely did a good thing, putting all this information out there. If you have any interest in the topic at all this is the book for ...more
Rick West
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
One of my Christmas presents? Couldn't we pick something a little more more cheerful?
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america, storia

6 novembre 1946. Vivien Spitz, 22 anni, arrivò a Norimberga con l’incarico di stenografa al processo ai medici nazisti. Vivian, per metà tedesca, non voleva credere che i tedeschi avessero veramente compiuto le atrocità di cui si parlava. Ascoltò e trascrisse le testimonianze di vittime e carnefici. Sentì descrivere gli esperimenti medici, udì dalla viva voce dei superstiti le sofferenze e torture di brutalità inaudita patite. Raccolse 11.538 pagine di documentazione. - Esperimenti sulle altitu
Heather V  ~The Other Heather~
Quick take (thanks to an ongoing hand injury that doesn't like typing):

3.5 stars, really, but I'll grant it a 4 because it's such a unique perspective on otherwise available information. Spitz intersperses her Nuremberg transcripts with personal wartime anecdotes that make it easier to imagine what being in the presence of evil was really like.

On the other hand, the detours outside of the courtroom may be taken as false advertising courtesy of the title of this book. It's not, as one might expe
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: war, nonfiction
Uf. Pokud jsem k Laskavým bohyním doporučovala otrlost, tak na tohle jí, prosím, mějte ještě několikanásobně tolik, bylo to totiž šokující a odporný.

Mengeleho a jeho experimenty zná nejspíš každý, ale toho zde nečekejte (už jen proto, že po válce nebyl souzen a uprchl do Jižní Ameriky), čekejte naopak mnohem méně známé nacisty, kteří též prováděli experimenty na lidech.

Vivien Spitz je americká stenografka, která byla přítomna u Norimberských poválečných procesů s 23 nacistickými ,,lékaři" a kníž
Allen Patterson
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If I were setting a curriculum for anyone seeking any degree in any medical profession and/or governmental profession, I would make this required reading. Actually, I think I would make ethics be a required course for all and it would include this book. We often think of terrible atrocities carried committed against mankind are only done by the most uncivilized, least advanced societies. This book proves that nothing could be further from the truth. People need to see what can happen when the st ...more
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Path Kittinat
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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hersh jones
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My God, my God, my God!

I wasn't taught in schools what truly happened in the Holocaust-merely that Adolph was a monster and that many Jews died. did a book report on the origins of the monster's roots-Shicklgruber. Now I have the time to study. I look at Castro, Kim Kong il, Osama, Saddam, Iran, Isis. history is repeating.We need Leaders like Netanyahu. what can I do for Israel?
Mark Goodwin
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative. I had no idea of the medical/scientific experiments thats the Nazi implemented at the expense of those people held in Concentration Camps. From contracting malaria to cold water immersion and high-altitude oxygen deprivation - to name just a few. What was the justification for the Nazis to do so - was it just cruelty or were there ulterior motives? You'll need to read the book to find out.
Jami Korneder
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very insightful book in regards to one of the most horrific moments in history. Vivian Spitz writes a factual based book about a major worldwide trial.
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This well written memoir/historical account reveals the horrifying torture and experiments that took place in some of the death camps. Compelling story of how these men were brought to justice.
Bernie Weisz
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review Written by Bernie Weisz Historian contact: July 10, 2011 Pembroke Pines, Florida U.S.A. Title of Review: Demented Doctors infected with the insanity of National Socialism Lilian Spitz's book hands down takes the cake in showing the depravity of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany and the depths that even their medical profession descended into. Ms. Spitz gives a bone chilling account of human depravity and the ultimate justice she witnessed as a court reporter for the Nuremberg w ...more
Kurt Giesen
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Niezwykle ciekawa pozycja dotycząca niemieckich eksperymentów medycznych przeprowadzanych w niemieckich obozach koncentracyjnych. Szczegółowa historia lekarzy oraz ich medycznych dokonań. Dokładne opisy eksperymentów poparte licznymi fotografiami zrobią wrażenie na każdym czytającym książkę. Czytałem to z wypiekami na twarzy. Ogrom zbrodni jest przerażający, nawet dla osoby zajmującej się tematyką holocaustu od dłuższego czasu. Polecam!
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ended up using this book for several of my undergraduate papers as it is a good introduction into the experimentation that occurred in the concentration camps.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"we must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants today is the record on which we will judge us tomorrow"

Vivien Spitz, Doctors from hell, memoir.

A young 22 year old reporter gets called over to Germany to witness the Nuremberg Trials where she discovers the voices that will touch you of the medical doctors who experimented on subjects with no consent. It will inform you on the most evil of minds of the betrayed oaths and name of being a doctor, a savior. It will also infor
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, non-fiction
“The medical case of the Nazi doctors is the story of the mass violation of basic human rights and the dignity of life, of indifference to evil, of people who knew and kept silent, and of heads of state who looked the other way.” So declares author Vivien Spitz. Spitz was a Midwestern girl (from not too far from me in Woodstock, IL) who was sent to Nuremberg as a court reporter for the Medical trials for doctors who had performed medical experimentation on concentration camp inmates. Spitz’s uni ...more
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Czarna karta w historii świata - przerażające eksperymenty przekraczające wszelkie granice. Nawet w początkach nowoczesnej medycyny nie dochodziło do takich strasznych rzeczy.
Ashley Simpson
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favorite books. I have used this as well as many of others in my collection to write multiple research papers on medical experimentation in the Holocaust and the effects of those events on modern medical practices. This book is unique because it is written by Vivian Spitz, a court reporter in Nuremburg Germany during the War Crimes Trials. Not only does she give a first hand, accurate account of both the testimonies of the Nazi Doctors and that of the prosecutors, but ...more
Lori Anderson
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in WWII and the Holocaust
Shelves: memoir, wwii
This book was written by one of the court reporters during the medical portion of the Nuremburg trials. It includes fewer photos than I expected, but far more substance. I've been interested in the Nuremburg Trials but had yet to find a book about it, so this was a lucky find.

DEFINITELY not for the squeamish, as explicit testimonials from survivors are included. The book also includes Spitz's thoughts on life in bombed-out Germany (no hot water or heat even after 18 months since the end of the w
Aug 11, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is written by one of the American court reporters who transcribed the Nazi medical trials after World War II. She frames the book with her experience in traveling to Nuremburg, living there, and returning back to the United States a changed woman - activism has directed her to fight against the growing movement to deny the Holocaust.
Within her autobiographical frame, she summarizes the major experiments the Nazi doctors conducted at various concentration camps. The story is told via a
Niquole Abram
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a book! I got this from the library a while ago and between work and finishing school it took me a little bit longer to finish it then it normally does. I am so glad I read it though, the accounts that Vivian Spitz gives about the Holocaust and what happened in Nuremberg are terrifying, shocking, and very sad.

How she managed to get through the court proceedings is anybody's guess. Well, she ends up having nightmares from it which is completely understandable. She provides very thorough doc
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro, narrando il processo di Norimberga ai medici nazisti che in prima persona, venendo meno al giuramento di Ippocrate, pianificarono e misero in atto torture ed esperimenti clinici all'interno dei lager, uccidendo e menomando un gran numero di persone ignare e innocenti, ripropone il tema dell'Olocausto che durante il regime nazista portò alla morte ingiustificata di milioni di innocenti di diverse razze e nazionalità ritenute dal regime nazista "inferiori". Un libro "forte" e diffici ...more
Jacob O'connor
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
There are still secular humanists.
Even after two world wars.
Even after the holocaust.
Even after the doctors of the Third Reich. These were the finest minds and most upstanding citizens of Germany. They were the ones who should have known better and should have cared more. Even as we learn of the experiments they performed on living people, without their consent, and in contradistinction to the Hippocratic oath, there are still secular humanists.

We live in an age of confidence in man's nature
Josh Jordan
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Could have been a much more in depth book. However, given the massive amount of information that was available to the author (around 350,000 pages from what I remember) I can understand why should we be reluctant. Where do you start with such a massive database?
Overall it was a good book, but as I said, could of been more informative. Although it does make you think about what happened back in those infamous days, and you certainly didn't learn what's in the book in your high school history cla
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
While I thought this was a good book, I bought it because I wanted an in depth account of the Nuremberg doctors trials and this just wasn't it. She gave very, very brief accounts about what happened in each portion of the trial and then what each person was accused of. I was hoping for pictures, exerts from the actual log. All in all I was disappointed at the lack of coverage of the trials, and the chapters that were all about her was not something I cared to read about, just seemed like she wan ...more
Santosh Rangapure
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is such a horrible experience reading this book on the Holocaust. I was completely in depression while reading this book. I dont understand how an human being can be so cruel to another human. Almost every medical experiment was done on the prisoners. The doctors were so cruel that they carried out every experiment with their head cool. Where was all humanity gone? It is so disgusting, there is no logic in killing innocent peoples (even children) on the name of love for your country. Its real ...more
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  • Nine Suitcases: A Memoir
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  • Auschwitz: True Tales from a Grotesque Land
  • Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps
  • The Theory and Practice of Hell: The German Concentration Camps and the System Behind Them
  • Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience
  • The Good Old Days: The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders
  • Treblinka Survivor: The Life and Death of Hershl Sperling
  • Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
  • Diary of Dawid Sierakowiak: Five Notebooks from the Lodz Ghetto
  • We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz
  • Echoes from Auschwitz: Dr. Mengele's Twins: The story of Eva and Miriam Mozes
Vivien Spitz is an American journalist best known for her coverage of the Nuremberg Trials and her advocacy on behalf of Holocaust awareness.
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“In a crime there is always a perpetrator and a victim. If you look the other way, do not get involved, stay neutral, or remain silent, you will always help the perpetrator and never the victim.” 1 likes
“Each belt buckle that German soldiers wore had embossed upon it 'Got Mitt Uns' (God Is With Us). Over the door of the courthouse in the Palace of Justice complex in Nuremberg were engraved the Ten Commandments. The group that established those commandments was precisely the group that was deprived of citizenship, human rights, and even life, under the laws promulgated in the name of that very city—the anti-Jewish Nuremberg Laws of 1935.” 0 likes
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