Science gives hand

Place Europe: Germany
Accession Number ART96183.009
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 32.6 x 24.6 cm
Object type Print
Physical description offset lithograph printed in colour adhered to card
Maker Toegel, Stanislaw
Markiewicz, Antoni
F W Dobereiner
Place made Germany: Luneburg, Celle
Date made 1946
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Macabre depiction of an experimental medical procedure being carried out on a woman by SS medical staff. The woman is on an operating table and being held down by two soldiers while a doctor in a blue surgical gown carries out the procedure. In the right of the image a senior SS officer watches on with pleasure. In the lower left behind the surgical team is another female victim lying naked except for a blanket. She is unconscious or dead. The print has been mounted on dark grey card. A title in Polish with an alternative English and French title is printed bottom centre, beneath the image, in gold ink. Unlike some of the other prints in this edition the Polish title is different to the other two. It translates as ' Torturers / researchers at Ravensbruck' whilst the English and French titles are ' Science gives a hand..'. Ravensbruck was a German concentration camp for women (1939-1945) located 9o kms north west of Berlin. The drawing refers to horrific medical experiments carried out on up to 74 Polish women (largely political prisoners) at Ravensbruck on orders of the Gestapo's medical division.
The original drawing reproduced in this offset lithograph was created by Polish artist Stanislaw Toegel (1905-1953) while held in a German labour camp at Gotteningen.