We can all agree that the things the Nazis did during World War II were horrible. The Holocaust was probably the crime for which they’re most infamous. But wretched and inhumane things happened in the concentration camps that most people don’t know about. Inmates were used as subjects in numerous experiments that were excruciatingly painful and usually resulted in death.
To find ways to make seawater drinkable, experiments were conducted on inmates at Dachau. The subjects were placed into four different groups: no water, seawater, seawater processed by the Berka method, and seawater without salt.
The subjects were not given any food or drink other than what was assigned to their group. Those who received some type of seawater ended up suffering from severe diarrhea, convulsions, hallucinations, madness, and eventual death. Additionally, subjects were given either liver or spinal taps to gather data. The processes were torturous and, in most cases, fatal.