A memorial to the victims of a Nazi doctor who collected the skeletons of Jews killed in World War II gas chambers was unveiled at a cemetery in eastern France on Sunday.
The memorial at the Jewish cemetery in Cronenbourg, near Strasbourg in the Alsace region, is an austere dark stone engraved with the names of 86 victims of Dr. August Hirt. The Nazi anatomy professor, based in Strasbourg during the war, preserved his victims' bodies in formalin and used them for experiments.
Another plaque honoring the victims was inaugurated Sunday outside the anatomy institute at Strasbourg's university hospital.
Hirt's victims were chosen at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland and sent to a camp in Struthof, in Alsace. There, they were murdered in gas chambers, and their bodies were delivered to Hirt. The victims' remains were eventually buried in the Jewish cemetery in Cronenbourg.
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