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Letter from SS-Sturmbannfuehrer Brandt to SS-Obersturmbannfuehrer Sievers,
21 March 1942 [ToWC, Vol. I, p. 144]

   "Reference is made to the subatmospheric pressure experiments which
   are being carried out on concentration camp inmates in the Dachau
   camp by the air force.  The Reich Leader-SS has approved the
   experiments under the conditions that SS-Untersturmfuehrer Dr.
   Rascher who is an Obersturmfuehrer in the air-force, will take part
   in them."

Letter from SS-Untersturmfuehrer Rascher to Reichfuerer-SS Himmler, 
5 April 1942 [ToWC, Vol. I, p. 144]

   "Highly esteemed Reich Leader:

   Enclosed is an interim report on the low-pressure experiments so
   far conducted in the concentration camp of Dachau...

   Only continuous experiments at altitudes higher than 10.5 Km
   resulted in death.  These experiments showed that breathing stopped
   after about 30 minutes, while in two cases the
   electrocardiographically charted action of the heart continued for
   another 20 minutes.

   The third experiment of this type took such an extraordinary course
   that I called an SS physician of the camp as a witness, since I had
   worked on these experiments all by myself.  It was a continuous
   experiment without oxygen at a height of 12 Km.  conducted on a
   37-year old Jew in good general condition.  Breathing continued up
   to 30 minutes.  After 4 minutes the experimental subject began to
   perspire and to wiggle his head, after 5 minutes cramps occurred,
   between 6 and 10 minutes breathing increased in speed and the
   experimental subject became unconscious; from 11 to 30 minutes
   breathing slowed down to three breaths per minute, finally stopping

   Severest cyanosis developed in between and foam appeared at the

   Autopsy report 

   One hour later after breathing had stopped, the spinal marrow was
   completely severed and the brain was removed.  Thereupon the action
   of the auricle stopped for 40 seconds.  In then renewed its action,
   coming to a complete standstill 8 minutes later.  A heavy
   subarchnoid oedema was found in the brain.  In the veins and
   arteries of the brain a considerable quantity of air was

Letter from SS-Untersturmfuehrer Rascher to Reichsfuehrer-SS Himmler, 
11 May 1942 [ToWC, Vol. I, p. 152]

   "Highly esteemed Reich Leader,

   Enclosed I am forwarding a short summary on the principle
   experiments conducted up to date...

   For the following experiments Jewish criminals who had committed
   race pollution were used.  The question of the formation of
   embolism was investigated in 10 cases.  Some of the experimental
   subjects died during a continued high-altitude experiment; for
   instance, after one-half hour at the height of 12 Km.  After the
   skull had been opened under water an ample amount of air embolism
   was found in the brain vessels and, in part, free air in the brain

   To find out whether the severe psychic and physical effects, as
   mentioned under No.  3, are due to the formation of embolism, the
   following was done: After relative recuperation from such a
   parachute descending test had taken place, however, before
   regaining consciousness, some experimental subjects were kept under
   water until they died.  When the skull and the cavities of the
   breast and of the abdomen had been opened under water, an enormous
   amount of air embolism was found in the vessels of the brain, the
   coronary vessels, and vessels of the liver and the intestines, etc.

   It was also proved by experiments that air embolism occurs in
   practically all vessels even while pure oxygen is being inhaled.
   One experimental subject was made to breathe pure oxygen for 2.5
   hours before the experiment started.  After 6 minutes at a height
   of 20 Km, he died and at dissection also showed ample air embolism,
   as was the case in all other experiments."

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