“The greatest crime in Auschwitz was to be pregnant.”

Gisella Perl

“The greatest crime in Auschwitz was to be pregnant.

Dr. Mengele told me that it was my duty to report every pregnant woman to him. He said that they would go to another camp for better nutrition, even for milk. So women began to run directly to him, telling him, ‘I am pregnant.’ I learned that they were all taken to the research block to be used as guinea pigs, and then two lives would be thrown into the crematorium. I decided that never again would there be a pregnant woman in Auschwitz.

In the night, on a dirty floor, using only my dirty hands. Hundreds of times I had premature deliveries. No one will ever know what it meant to me to destroy those babies, but if I had not done it, both mother and child would have been cruelly murdered.”

– Dr. Gisella Perl, a prisoner herself in Auschwitz who was one of one the doctors chosen “to operate a hospital ward that had no beds, no bandages, no drugs and no instruments.” Where more than just abortions, she tended to all the medical issues prisoners had.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1982/11/15/style/out-of-death-a-zest-for-life.html