27 Aug 2010

Auschwitz surgical instruments found in Poland

5:16 pm on 27 August 2010

More than 150 gynaecological and surgical instruments from the Nazi German Auschwitz death camp have been found in a nearby house in Oswiecim in southern Poland.

Auschwitz museum spokesperson Bartosz Bartyzel says the discovery is one of the greatest in recent years.

He says everything indicates that the instruments were used by the gynaecologist Carl Clauberg, an SS member who experimented with methods for the mass sterilisation of women.

Hundreds of women held prisoner at Auschwitz whom he used in pseudo-medical experiments died due to the procedures he performed.

The gynaecological and surgical instruments were found in a house that was located inside a strictly closed zone surrounding Auschwitz during World War II.