The doctor at war: McCrae; Millett; Mengele
John McCraeJohn MilletThe CryThe X
July 1943:Hamburg bombed- 50,000 killed,
40,000 injured, 1,000,000 de-housed.
Allied Aircrew casualties, 1,000 killed-
86 bombers destroyed.As I spider down to the fire bombings
those women of Hamburg wait for me and one
more burning than the rest
will reach through my cheek with her claw,
her beak pierce my stomach, claw
scratch through my bladder, beak
fall again and again. She will rise,
offal in her teeth trailing behind her
Consider: Australia fought in WW2, and welcomed (those were the days) the traumatised refugees of Europe in great numbers afterwards. Hence there is a large cohort, that you will encounter clinically, of those elderly who suffered in various ways. Can you think of a medical condition that can in no way be associated with psychological trauma?
RC PotterPozieresConsider: Evil doctors in warDr Mengele is IN
He is always smiling as
he climbs the metal stairs
to the experimental wing.
Awaiting him, the neat rows
of instruments beckon under
the arc lights. Today should
provide excellent results.
The condition of two sisters
sewn together last week.
The progress of those left
in the ice tanks overnight.
He has a productive day,
leaves promptly at six,
dispensing his standard
command to the orderlies.
Of the women who live,
put the younger ones aside.
The Kapos can have them
until they are finished.
But ensure they are back
in their cells, conscious,
by 0900 hours.
(by Ian McBryde)
References and further reading
McBryde I (2004) Domain Five Islands Press
Lifton R (1986/2000) The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide Basic Books
Potter R C ( ) Past Hells Portals Ginninderrra
*Metcalf T (2003) Into the No Zone Ginninderra