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This database contains records of 278 prisoners whose bodies had been used at the Tübingen medical school, and who were subsequently buried in a local cemetery.


Medical experiments on prisoners in concentration camps were not unusual.  What is less known, however, are such activities at medical institutions not directly linked to concentration camps.  One of these was the Tübingen, Germany medical school, one of the most prominent in Germany.

In June 1986, the mayor of Tübingen wrote to the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, submitting the list of 278 prisoners whose bodies had been used at the medical school, and who were subsequently buried in a local cemetery.  These prisoners were of varied nationalities, primarily Russian and Polish.  All had perished at nearby forced labor or internment camps — some hung, some shot, and others decapitated.

The list gives name, nationality, dates of birth and death and place of death.  I have not included cause of death, though this information is available on the data sheets.

Source is International Tracing Service document 11708632, Ordner 1827.


This database includes 278 prisoners who were used for medical experiments at the medical school in Tübingen, Germany.

The fields for this database are as follows:

  • Surname
  • Given name
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Death
  • Age at Death
  • Place of Death
  • Nationality


The information contained in this database was indexed from the files of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  The original source of the material was within the holdings of the International Tracing Service, Arolsen, Germany (Document 11708632, Ordner 1827).

In addition, thanks to JewishGen Inc. for providing the website and database expertise to make this database accessible.  Special thanks to Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias for their continued contributions to Jewish genealogy.  Particular thanks to Nolan Altman, coordinator of Holocaust files.

Nolan Altman
Coordinator - Holocaust Database
December 2009

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