Remembering the Nuremberg Code
Last Saturday, August 20, 2022, was the 75th anniversary of issuance of the Nuremberg Code. This followed the Nuremberg Trials and the Doctors’ Trials in 1946 and 1947. Those trials resulted in the punishment for war crimes of various Nazi military and political figures, as well as a number of high-ranking doctors.
The doctors convicted in these trials were found guilty of conducting medical experiments on human beings without their informed and voluntary consent. The Nuremberg Code issued in response has since become a world standard for ethical medical research.
The Nuremberg Code has ten sections, each of them aimed at protecting the vulnerable and holding doctors and scientists accountable for performing any human experiments with the highest level of transparency and ethical integrity. The most important and comprehensive section is the first, which essentially declares that NO medical experiment may be conducted on human beings without their prior and fully-informed consent.
Here are the highlights of Section 1:
- The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.
- The person [the subject] involved should have legal capacity to give consent . . .
- . . . should be able to exercise free power of choice, without any force, fraud, deceit, duress or coercion . . .
- . . . should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension to make an enlightened decision . . .
- [must be made aware of] . . . the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all hazards; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment.
In Nazi Germany, many (not all) doctors knowingly engaged in experiments that led to the death of their involuntary subjects. Those victims, whose bodies were subjected to chemical injections, to gassings, to extremes of heat and cold, who were deprived of oxygen, of sleep, of food and water, who had organs and limbs removed . . . those victims had these things in common:
- They were not informed about the nature of the experiment. They were not told about the risks, the dangers, the pain they would endure, the likelihood of their death or even the purpose of the experiment.
- They were given no choice. They were not allowed to withhold consent. They were selected—from prisons and mental institutions—and forced to participate against their will.
The first victims of Nazi killings were the most vulnerable and defenceless members of society: mentally feeble or physically disabled children. Then, it was disabled adults. Finally, it was Jews, Gypsies, political prisoners and other people groups selected for destruction.
The consciences of those doctors who participated in these experiments and executions became seared by their repeated and increasing violations of human rights. At first, they were performing only forced sterilizations (a terrible thing in itself), but later these same doctors became capable of killing, first one, then two, then hundreds, then thousands of human beings and even falsifying medical records of their deaths.
Over time, doctors who once had practiced proper medicine became puppets of a dictator who regarded the feeble and needy as human garbage and who referred to them as “useless eaters.” Doctors who had once been healing practitioners began to accept the language of the Führer who referred to those of other races and those with disabilities as “lives not worth living.”
Why is this important to us today? Over the past two years, a massive medical experiment has been conducted in Canada and around the world. It has involved the injection of experimental substances into the arms of millions of Canadians. Neither those receiving the injections, nor the doctors and nurses involved, were informed that they were being used as participants in an experiment. They were told by public health officers and premiers, by prime ministers and presidents that these injections were “safe and effective” and that they would prevent infection and transmission of covid. Well-meaning doctors believed the narrative and good-hearted citizens willingly participated, although they were never fully informed of possible risks. Even now, when the failure of the experiment has become obvious, government leaders are scrambling to conceal the facts (PDF), because their lies, coercion and mandates have caused thousands of deaths and injuries and have resulted in job losses, inflation, food shortages, suicidal desperation and severe shortages of skilled workers in healthcare, aviation and other essential services.
During this pandemic and the global experiment, there has been a growing number of brave doctors who have dared to question the narrative and to report the injuries and deaths they have witnessed following the experimental injections. Dr. Hoffe, of Lytton, BC, is one example. He and other doctors have been denied hospital privileges for refusing to participate in an experiment they believed was causing harm to some of their patients. Their views have been censored and their reputations denigrated. But they are true heroes. They deserve our deepest gratitude for standing up against the juggernaut of governments, the pharmaceutical industry and mainstream media. They have paid a huge price for defending the rights and dignity of every Canadian. We must stand with them in their battle for truth and integrity and for their ability to continue to practice medicine in Canada.
The Nuremberg Code stands as a warning and a guide for us. It is our responsibility as Canadian citizens to ensure that NEVER AGAIN will we allow our governments to force or coerce Canadians to participate in a medical experiment without prior, fully-informed and voluntary consent. We owe it to our children and grandchildren.
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