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October 06, 1995 - Image 65

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-10-06

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Air Force Library
To Change Name

New York (JTA) — The sadistic
Nazi background of a late Ger-
man scientist known as the "fa-
ther of U.S. space medicine" has
resulted in plans to remove his
name from a U.S. Air Force li-
brary, the World Jewish Con-
gress said.
In 1993, soon after the scien-
tist's background was first un-
covered, his portrait was
removed from a mural of medical
heroes at Ohio State University.
Scientist Hubertus Strughold,
who died in 1986, was secretly
brought to the United States in
1945 to work on the space pro-
gram, even though he was sought
for prosecution at Nuremberg.
These types of stories are al-
ways "shocking," but no longer
"surprising," Elan Steinberg,
WJC executive director, said in
an interview.
The library at the School of
Aerospace Medicine at Brooks
Air Force Base in Texas had been
named to honor Mr. Strughold,
who helped develop the pressure
suits used by astronauts as well
as the U.S. space capsule.
Mr. Steinberg said the recent
announcement about the library
was delayed for bureaucratic rea-
sons, among others.
But Mr. Steinberg added: "To
the credit of the Clinton admin-
istration, there is a genuine de-
sire to face history honestly."
Mr. Strughold's name had ap-
peared in a formerly secret in-
telligence document showing that
the U.S. Army listed him as
"wanted" on its 1945 Central
Registry of War Criminals and
Security Suspects.
As the head of Nazi Germany's
Air Force Institute for Aviation
Medicine, Mr. Strughold partic-
ipated in a 1942 conference that
discussed "experiments" on hu-
man beings carried out by the in-
stitute.
The experiments included sub-
jecting Dachau concentration
camp inmates to torture and
death by being immersed in wa-
ter, placed in air pressure cham-
bers, forced to drink sea water
and exposed to freezing temper-
atures.
Mr. Strughold had denied ap-
proving the experiments and said
he learned of them only after
World War II.

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