Munich: Brain tissue samples of Holocaust victims discovered at research center

While a German research institute in Munich was remodeling its building, dozens of brain tissue samples and other body parts belonging to Holocaust victims were discovered. The research institute stated that it will establish a special committee that will categorize the samples in order to bury them in a respectful manner.
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The Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany found dozens of brain tissue samples and other body parts that were apparently used for experimentation during World War II. The Good Morning Israel radio program reported today (Wednesday) that it is estimated that some of the parts and samples belonged to Jewish people on whom experiments were conducted during the Holocaust.

In a statement released by the Max Planck Society, it was written that the management decided to get rid of the samples that were collected between 1933-1945. However, the institute in Munich decided to keep some of the samples until the beginning of the 1990s.

In the 1990s, all the samples were buried in a cemetery in Munich and a gravestone commemorating the victims was placed over the grave. In the statement released by the society, it was written that in 2001, the institute received more samples from an institute located in Frankfurt.

Recently, it was discovered that the samples from Frankfurt were used by Julius Hallervorden, a German scientist known for his experiments on Holocaust victims. Now, the Max Planck Society has formed a special committee that will examine the samples and try to categorize them in order to bury them like they buried the previous samples.

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