In our “WTF” Item for the Memorial Day weekend, we find this little gem in the UK Telegraph:

A German doctor who allegedly sent 900 children to a Nazi death camp has been given a top medical award.
Dr Hans-Joachim Sewering, 92, a former SS member, was honoured for “services to the nation’s health system”.The doctor has always denied sending children to Eglfing-Haar, a facility south of Munich where it’s alleged physically and mentally handicapped children were killed.

The Telegraph admits that doctors were “coerced” into cooperating with the German T4 program, in which openly killed 70,000 people with epilepsy, mental retardation, mental illnesses or chronic diseases.

Dr. Sewering denies killing anybody. He merely “transferred” 900 children–presumably under pressure from authorities, from his Chronic care institution to a nearby killing center, which went under the benign name of “the Eglfing-Haar “Healing Centre”.

German physicians tend to be protective of their own, so Dr. Sewering managed to live and practice medicine for years a few miles away from Dachau in Southern Germany.

But an American physician and medical ethicist, Dr. Frazblau, has been active in publicizing this case of this doctor’s cooperation with mass murder.

In 1995, he spent $62,500 on a full-page ad in the New York Times, asking “Why is the German state of Bavaria harboring an accused war criminal?” He has appeared on “60 Minutes,” been to Germany seven times since 1993, and has hired a German attorney to try to get Sewering indicted.

But so far, Franzblau has been unable to bring Sewering to trial. The German medical profession has been extremely protective, as has the government, he said, which blocked his every attempt to get more information…. “The minute you begin to cut corners on any moral basis, it gets easier and easier to do bad things,” he said.

The PrescriptionDeath website has a list of articles and even videos about Dr. Sewering, so his deeds are not exactly a secret.

But Dr. Sewering, despite his membership in the SS and the Nazi party, insists he was never guilty of euthanasia of his patients.

Part of the problem is Dr. Sewering’s refusal to acknowledge guilt, and his colleagues presumably have allowed him honors despite this. Yet without repentance, do good deeds wipe out past sins?

In the case of those cooperating with Nazi Genocide, it is a fine line. Yet the lessons of Kurt Waldheim and Dr. Sewering show that when your job includes cooperation with direct murder of civilians, outsiders might not view your “I merely followed orders” as  acceptable behavior.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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