• Doctors from Hell

  • The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans
  • By: Vivien Spitz
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is the account of torture and murder by experiment in the name of scientific research and patriotism.

The author describes the experience of being in bombed-out, dangerous, post-war Nuremberg, where she lived for two years while working on the trial. Once a Nazi sympathizer tossed bombs into the dining room of the hotel where she lived moments before she arrived for dinner. She takes us into the courtroom to hear the dramatic testimony and see the reactions of the defendants to the proceedings. The witnesses tell of experiments in which they were deprived of oxygen; frozen; injected with malaria, typhus, and jaundice; subjected to the amputation of healthy limbs; forced to drink seawater for weeks at a time; and other horrors. 

This landmark trial resulted in the establishment of the Nuremberg Code, which sets the guidelines for medical research involving human beings. Doctors from Hell is a significant addition to the literature on World War II and the Holocaust, medical ethics, human rights, and the barbaric depths to which human beings can descend. 

Contains mature themes.

©2005 Vivien Spitz (P)2021 Tantor

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Not what I expected

The book seemed more like her personal story VS. the crimes. Not what I expected. I was looking for a history book, not her diary.

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Excellent book very captivating. Take several breaks in between.

This is an amazing book that accurately details the horrors of the Nazi Doctors and their experiments during the Holocaust. The details and the interviews, along with Court testimonies are chilling. I had to take breaks at times in between due to the ghastly and horrific nature of the details that were accounted in the book. The book is very well narrated by Christina Delaine. She has a very soft and pleasant voice but can drive home the feelings that she conveys while reading about the horrors that she describes in chilling detail. A definite read. 5 stars.

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Mostly for researchers

I would recommend this book only to persons doing research on the Holocaust subject. Definitely NOT a book for everyday listening.

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The Past is but Prolog to the Future

A very good book with insights that have great meaning in our circumstances today. As a physician I always wanted to know what drove the Nazi doctors. I realize that whatever our morals today the risk that they may change toward evil is always their depending on the infection of ideology. I recommend this book highly!

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Important

Parts of this were hard to listen to because of the content, but it is so important that we remember what happened.

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Very interesting

The book was amazingly written and very informative. I was wanting to hear more about the experiments performed during the Holocaust and this book gave it. Definitely recommend.

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Wow..

I have been interested in the holocaust my whole life, not in a bad way but in the way this book is written. I find it so crazy that these things could happen. And I never ever want to be ignorant or blind to them. And this book is amazing in telling the one of the most tragic and chilling historical events ever to take place. I really highly recommend this book if you enjoy fact and history. Thank you! :)💜

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Solid account

Good book, well written, and narrated. Personally, I found the adventurous interludes to conflict too much with the main theme.

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In 2021- The relevance and parallels are frightening!

When our Leaders like the medical community are subject to political ideology the choices they make often do not reflect what is best medically or for humanity! Reading this book Is a Stark warning and reminder of where we can end up if we fail to recognize what’s happening! This is a Sobering and at times difficult listen but I would insist—- We Must Listen and remember!

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I couldn't finish it

the only tolerable way to listen to this book is to have a drinking game and drink whenever she says hippocratic oath...

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  • David B.
  • 03-04-21

apparently an optional heading is required...

It might have got into its stride, but I got tired of continual chat about air travel, having to use water purification tablets and the travel arrangements of a young woman. Very dull. I don't care who she sat next to on the flights....I image the tone that the narrator choose to use was designed to replicate the droning of aeroplane engines

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  • 02-03-21

Captivating

I found it very informative on the nuremburg trials, the nazi experiments on humans and germany post WW2. Unlike some books, it transfers well from book to audio.

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  • Richard
  • 07-01-21

Revealing

I’d heard about medical experiments conducted by the Nazis but knew very little about them. This book demystified much of that for me.

The book includes actual transcripts from the war trials by people who were there, including the author and many witnesses from both sides.

Well worth reading/listening to.