Nazi research data, Holocaust, ethics


White rats in labs often give their lives to test drugs and diseases so that humans may live. Sadly, during the Holocaust era, the white rats were Jewish people. Many Nazi doctors conducted experiments on Jews so that others, especially Nazi forces fighting in the war, would have more information on dangers such as high altitude and hypothermia. The Nazi doctors infected Jewish children with different diseases to watch the progression of the disease on the human body (Kor, 1992). The Nazi experiments produced valuable data that could save lives today, but the ethical questions associated with using the data are enormous. According to compelling ethical theoretical frameworks, researchers should not use the Holocaust data unless the researcher makes a specific case for using the data in her unique circumstances.



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