DR. GISELLA PERL- ANGEL ABORTIONIST OR NAZI PROPAGANDA?
“No one will ever know what it meant to me to destroy those babies, but if I had not done it, both mother and child would have been cruelly murdered.” —Dr. Gisella Perl, abortionist at Auschwitz
“The greatest crime in Auschwitz was to be pregnant,” Perl once said. A gynaecologist, Dr Perl was shipped to Auschwitz in 1944 and was forced to work for the infamous Josef Mengele.
In the name of “science,” Mengele took special glee in experimenting on expectant mothers, conducting sadistic tests that eventually killed both the woman and her child. The women were subjected to gruesome medical experiments before being killed, or worse, burned alive without being murdered first.
Initially unaware of Mengele’s agenda, Perl was ordered to report every pregnancy to the doctor himself. Mothers were also tricked into trusting the Angel of Death with promises of better nutrition. He even said he’d give them milk! But when Perl discovered the doctor’s true intentions, she “decided that never again would there be a pregnant woman in Auschwitz.”
Even though abortion violated her professional and personal beliefs, Perl decided saving one life was better than losing two. Every time an expectant mother arrived in camp, Dr Perl performed an abortion with her bare hands. Yet for every death, she saved a mother’s life from the hands of a monster.
After the war, Perl made her way to America where she worked at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She spent her career working with mothers and, coincidentally, helped deliver nearly 3,000 babies. Eventually, Perl moved to Israel where she passed away in 1988, but until the day she died, she was haunted by the choice she was forced to make.
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