Students of Death – Euthanasia Doctors Seek Existential Answers at Auschwitz

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Euthanasia Doctors Seek Existential Answers at Auschwitz

By Katrin Kuntz

Photo Gallery: A Trip to AuschwitzPhotos
Maria Feck/ DER SPIEGEL

A group of Belgium’s leading practitioners of euthanasia recently visited the Auschwitz concentration camp memorial to learn more about death and humanity. The trip proved to be just as controversial for the doctors as it did insightful. Photo Gallery: A Trip to Auschwitz

Wim Distelmans is responsible for the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands of people. He’s a man who scrupulously studies his field of work. In London he visited the world’s first modern hospice, and he toured the first home for the dying in Scotland. He has even flown as far afield as Moscow to gain a better understanding of how we deal with death and dying. Now, his next study tour will take him to Poland. Distelmans is a palliative doctor from Brussels — a physician who helps people die…

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