Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Haunting Unpunished War Criminals...!

It's amazing to me how many totally evil people escaped justice, some aided by our government.

In some cases the evil continued beyond the unpunished war crimes and were, in fact as bad or worse than the original crimes. We never seem to learn.

Dr. Heinrich Muckter

Photo credit: Newsweek

Dr. Heinrich Muckter was caught by the Americans as he was fleeing Krakow University in 1945. He avoided prosecution thanks to Operation Paperclip and entered the German pharmaceutical industry for Chemie Grunenthal, a new company in the 1950s. Muckter experimented with typhoid on prisoners at Auschwitz and other camps, but what he did after he escaped justice was worse.

Muckter was one of the main chemists who invented a drug called thalidomide. The drug was marketed to pregnant women in the 1950s and ’60s by Chemie Grunenthal as a “wonder drug.” Within four years of distribution, more than 100,000 women and children suffered catastrophic miscarriages and birth defects, respectively. Deformed children were born without limbs and had other serious problems.

An investigation into the company ultimately revealed that thalidomide was created by Muckter and other Nazis during the war and was likely tried on prisoners in the camps. Further evidence revealed that the drug may have been a by-product of wartime research into nerve gas antidotes.

How many people world-wide have to suffer before justice is finally served to at least some of these criminals, if any still live.

Coffee out on the patio this morning!


linda m said...

Some day people like this man will have to answer to a higher power and the results will not be good. How can mankind be so evil?

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
Can't be soon enough if you ask me.
Thanks for stopping by today!

JO said...

I remember these births as that was at a time when I was having children. I never took that drug thank heavens. This was a very evil man and yet he paid no price.

It's a chilly 51 degrees this morning and it feels wonderful. Patio time at your place is OK my be

Dizzy-Dick said...

There always has and always will be evil in this world. He should be near or on top of that list.