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Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, Volume 6
COPY OF DOCUMENT 3423-PS
SEVENTH MEDICAL LABORATORY
APO 403, c/o PM, NEW YORK, N.Y.
Section of Pathology
25 May 1945
SUBJECT: Identification of Tattooed Skin Hides
TO: COMMANDING GENERAL, Third U.S. Army)
(ATTN: JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL)
1. There were submitted to this laboratory section for
examination three tanned pieces of skin by Lt. Col. Givin
from Buchenwald Camp with office record designation of Case
2. The description follows:
GROSS: Specimen consists of three pieces of skin
PIECE A: Measures 13x13cm., is transparent and
shows a woman's head in the center and a sailor
with an anchor near the margin.
PIECE B: Measures 14x13cm., is transparent and is
a tattoo of several anchors resting on an
indefinite black mass. To the right of this mass
is a man's head.
PIECE C: Is truncated, measures 44cm. At the
base. The upper portion is 30 cm. Long and the
sides measure 46 cm. The skin is transparent and
shows two nipples in the upper area. These are 16
cm. Apart. From the nipple level to the umbilicus
is 23 « cm. A large bird, with a wingspread
measuring 28 cm., is present in the center of the
skin, upper part. A black dragon, with fire
coming from the mouth, measures 28 cm. in length
and is present in the center of the skin. To the
left of the dragon is a man in a coat of mail,
with a sword being apparently stuck in the dragon.
Man is approximately 22 cm. in length.
MICROSCOPIC: The tissue consists of bundles of
collagen showing occasional epithelial and sweat
gland remnants. Granular black pigment granules
are seen between some of the bundles.
3. Based on the findings in paragraph 2, all three
specimens are tattooed human skin.
For the Commanding Officer,
[signed] REUBEN CARES
Major M.C., Chief of pathology
I've read that fascinating thread, but it seemed to me that the question of the veracity, or credibility, of this so-called "forensic" report was not seriously addressed.
Firstly, what do you make of it? Would you even describe it as a "forensic" report?
Do you know its background?
I did not presume to make a survey of all the specimens, but I am sure there would have been many specimens there that would have defied any easy justification--sex organs, for example, or the skin of patients who had suffered from any number of skin diseases or injuries--but, it was obvious that the doctors were quite free to collect anything that interested them. Why should anyone care if the former owners were deceased anyway? But, it would have been easy to conjure ghoulish visions of Dr. Frankenstein for what was in reality a noble and life-saving medical pursuit.
Dr. Maroules was also the ranking pathologist at an adjoining hospital for which the name escapes me now. I have no doubt that his work, as well as that of hundreds of thousands of doctors doing exactly the same kind of work in pathology laboratories around the world including Nazi Germany, saved countless lives--even in Nazi Germany. Human skin samples, with or without tattoos, by themselves prove absolutely nothing sinister except to extremely gullible people.
Friedrich Paul Berg
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