I started and discarded five versions of a question I want to ask about German doctors in the Hitler era (not all were Nazis) participating in euthanasia programs, grotesque human experimentation, and extermination, with regards to their Hippocratic oath to, first, "do no harm."
I have read several articles and excerpts from books on this topic, and some brief portions of transcripts from the so-called "Doctor's Trial" at Nuremberg (which focus mainly on the testimonies of victims, not so much on rationalizations from the doctors). Some disturbing themes do appear in some cases though, as well as some interesting psychological theories which suggest possible answers after the fact, but the psychological theories don't offer any first-hand responses from the physicians themselves (from interviews, interrogations, testimonies, journals, or memoirs).
To frame this question without it sounding like a rhetorical question ("how can someone so easily abandon such a sacred oath?" or "how can one hold an oath to Hitler as a member of the SS in such high regard while at the same time rejecting an earlier oath to do no harm?" - etc.), or without it sounding like I am seeking opinions from others (either forum members here, or others who have studied the topic after the fact without conferring with the primary sources), I have found myself having to write paragraphs and paragraphs of explanations and disclaimers. And the really long questions on this board seem to be either ignored (for lack of time or interest in reading pages of clarifying text to understand the question) or answers start popping up that indicate the whole text of the boringly long question wasn't read all the way through.
After spending a week trying to frame this question appropriately (with a lot of reference material linked or quoted), and crafting an accurate yet brief title, I have abandoned several failed attempts (failed, in my own opinion as to how well I achieved the goal of sufficient clarity so as to avoid downvotes, endless comments, or unhelpful answers as well as sufficient brevity).
But dangit I'm really interested in finding answers (and I have found a few answers from one or two of the principle physicians, however I'm seeking a pattern, if any, or additional / different answers from other physicians).
Is there a team here that could help me craft this question appropriately? I can share all the material I have read and researched thus far with interested "Question Coaches" if there is any way this could be facilitated.
Thanks in advance. If this "Question Coach" is an inappropriate question just add a comment and I will delete it.