November 18, 2014

1945: The West German Federal Physicians Form the Bundesärztekammer (BAK)

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Even as their profession’s crimes were coming to light, they elected Dr. Karl Haedenkamp, a Nazi as their first president. His specialty had been the removal of Jewish physicians from the professional associations. His successor was Dr. Erich Fromm, a Nazi who was an active SS (Storm Troopers); the third elected leader of the BAK was Dr. Hans Joachim Sewering, an SS officer who was the senior physician at the Schönbrunn Sanatorium who had signed certificates of transfer for 900 handicapped children to be murdered. At the end of the war, he established a pulmonology medical practice in Dachau, practicing medicine into his 90s. In 2008, the Professional Association of German Internists, a 25,000 member group, awarded a medal of honor “in recognition of Dr. Sewering’s contribution to the medical profession.”

Clearly, German physicians — individually and through their professional associations — not only exhibited no remorse for the criminal actions of fellow physicians who tortured, and committed mass murder while debasing the very essence of medicine; they honor them thereby tacitly endorsing the crimes they committed.


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