Many opponents of the Nazi regime found their untimely death in Plotzensee prison. Those executed were German resistance fighter, but also Polish and French forced laborers, and many others.
A great number were executed by guillotine but on September 3 the guillotine was damaged beyond repair after an RAF raid. From then one the methods of executions were hanging or firing squad.
After execution, the bodies were released to Hermann Stieve, an anatomist at the medical college of what is now Humboldt University of Berlin. He and his assistants dissected the bodies for research purposes.
Stieve had a particular interest in the effects of stress on the menstrual cycle, and produced 230 papers based on this research, among them one that demonstrated that the rhythm method was not an effective method of preventing conception.
He received prison records which contained information on how the women had reacted to their death sentences, and…
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