First hand accounts of events in the laboratory of Prof. Eduard Pernkopf


  • This article is dedicated to the victims of the National Socialist regime.


Eduard Pernkopf was responsible for one of the best anatomy atlases of all time. He was also an active National Socialist during the Third Reich. Some have questioned whether his political affiliation influenced the procurement of anatomic specimens for his Atlas. Profs. Walter Kraus, Alfred Gisel, and Werner Platzer, who worked directly or indirectly with Pernkopf, were interviewed in 2006. We present transcripts of those interviews. The reader may evaluate their recollections in light of the political and social forces active in that period of history. Clin. Anat., 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.