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The Bone Collectors

In the dying days of the Second World War, allied troops entering Strasbourg made a grisly discovery - the purpose built beginnings of a skeleton collection. This pseudoscientific collection was an attempt by the Nazis to showcase - in physical form - the alleged racial inferiority of the "Jewish race" in contrast to the German Aryan Übermenschen.

It's both disgusting, and very definitely not science. But Nazis weren't the only ones to collect human bones...

We explore the terrible terrible bone collectors!

(Australian Indigenous listeners are advised this episode contains discussion of deceased Indigenous Australians).

Further reading and references:

Museums are returning indigenous human remains but progress on repatriating objects is slow

Indigenous bones returned from overseas reveal cruel treatment

Material Legacies: Indigenous Remains and Contested Values in UK Museum Collections

Jewish Skeleton Collection

August Hirt

Wolfram Sievers

National Museum of Australia: Repatriation

The Anatomy Inspector and the Government Corpse