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Max Planck Offers Historic Apology

Science  15 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5524, pp. 1979-1982
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5524.1979b

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BERLIN-- For half a century, survivors of cruel experiments at Nazi death camps have been seeking a formal apology from Germany's scientific societies. On 7 June, a few of those victims finally got an explicit apology from the head of the country's premier basic research organization, the Max Planck Society, on behalf of its forerunner, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, some of whose scientists were implicated in the nefarious research. However, the statement from Max Planck president Hubert Markl won't close the book on Nazi-era atrocities committed in the name of science: Historians are redoubling their efforts to document these activities.