285 Thalidomide Was “Safe and Effective” Too (media.greatawakening.win) posted 72 days ago by lovecymru 72 days ago by lovecymru +286 / -1 24 comments download share 24 comments share download save hide report block hide replies
The dark shadow of thalidomide is still with us. The original catastrophe maimed 20,000 babies and killed 80,000: war apart, it remains the greatest manmade global disaster. Now evidence has been uncovered that the pharmaceutical outrage – it is nothing less – was compounded by a judicial scandal that has suppurated all these years.
It is exposed in a large number of documents discovered in the state archives of North Rhine-Westphalia by a researcher for the UK Thalidomide Trust. The papers, which have been examined and authenticated by the international law firm of Ince & Co, speak to political interference that violated the constitutional division of power between the legislative, the executive and the judiciary. And more than half a century since the pill’s threat to an embryo was proven, the company that produced the first disaster has continued to sell the drug in parts of Latin America, on prescription only, where babies continued to be born with malformations similar to the survivors from the 1960s.
The criminal trial of employees of Chemie-Grünenthal, the German company that created and marketed thalidomide, opened in the pretty town of Alsdorf, near Aachen, on 27 May 1968. It promised to be comparable in scale and emotional intensity to Nuremberg. Thousands of deformed babies had died or been allowed to die. Many families with surviving children filed civil suits, but all the victims had to wait years without support because the criminal trial took precedence.
Grünenthal had insisted that it was blameless: the thousands of abnormal births were an act of God. It had the discreet support of the politically well-connected chemical industry, mindful that a conviction would raise insurance premiums. The North Rhine-Westphalia public prosecutors found the company obstructive. They had to seize the most important Grünenthal documents in police raids on its “bunker” and a company lawyer’s house.
It took them six years to examine 5,000 case histories: expectant mothers who had taken thalidomide and given birth to deformed and dead babies, and men and women who had suffered irreversible nerve damage. The bill of indictment they prepared against nine Grünenthal employees ran to 972 pages. In support, they had lined up 351 witnesses, 29 technical experts and 70,000 pages of evidence. There were 400 co-plaintiffs.
Nearly 700 people crowded the biggest space in the region, a “casino” in the premises of a mining company. Every day, the judges – three professional, two lay – lawyers and scientists, press and witnesses, passed by three deformed children nursed by Red Cross sisters while their mothers were inside hoping to learn why they had suffered.
Grünenthal came defiantly to court. Its battery of 40 lawyers, easily outnumbering the prosecution’s, did their best to delay. They several times threatened to walk out. Eighteen of them spent 12 days failing to shake the key testimony of the Hamburg paediatrician Dr Widukind Lenz, who had alerted Grünenthal to the tragedy.
It was reckoned that with court sittings three days a week the trial would take at least three years. It didn’t.
It was shut down on 18 December, 1970. The nine men charged with intent to commit bodily harm and involuntary manslaughter went free. The judges said this was with the explicit approval of the prosecution. They granted Grünenthal immunity from any further criminal proceedings. Silence was imposed on the 2,554 German families who had children with foreshortened limbs or no limbs; many had damaged organs, and some were blind. Their parents then had no alternative but to go along with a miserable compensation scheme contrived by the government and the company. It benefited Grünenthal far more than it did the victims.
What should have happened for justice to prevail was for the government to support the families while the criminal court tracked liability for an enormous crime. That was demanded by the West German Social Democratic party in opposition in 1962, but they forgot about it in government.
Instead, while the witnesses testified and endured cross-examination in noisy, angry scenes in the courthouse, the real action was elsewhere. The large number of private documents newly discovered in German state archives by the researcher for the UK Thalidomide Trust speak to government interference in the judicial proceedings.
On July 21, 1969, the documents show, Grünenthal directors and their lawyers met in secret with the federal health ministry. The principal defendant in the criminal trial had been excused attendance in court for health reasons, but he was there at this and other meetings: Grünenthal’s founder, Hermann Wirtz, a 71-year-old father of five, a member of a devout Catholic family socially prominent as philanthropists in Aachen. No victims or their representatives were present, nor were they advised of the meeting.
A follow-up note to the July meeting records that on 18 September, four federal ministries were involved in discussing an “overall solution”, meaning a high-level political intervention to stop the trial.
The most glaring conflict of interest detailed in the archives is of one Dr Joseph Neuberger (1902-1977). He was a partner in the law firm Neuberger, Pick and Greeven engaged by Chemie-Grünenthal. In November 1966, he personally took over the defence of Wirtz. Three weeks later, on December 1966, he acquired the power to control the prosecution.
How on earth could this happen? There was a political coup that led to an SPD/FDP coalition. Neuberger (SPD) got the job of minister of justice for North Rhine-Westphalia, a post he held from 1966-1972.
Three days before he took office, he wrote to the prosecutors to demand they stop proceedings against his client: “I would be personally obliged for a rapid execution.”
The last thing he did in the afternoon of the day he was sworn in was meet with the prosecution in Aachen. Again, he asked them to stop action against Wirtz. He told them he was resigning as solicitor for Wirtz on becoming minister of justice. But then he discussed the case again and repeated his claims. His personal interest in defending Wirtz and the company persisted, as did his company’s representation.
In February 1970, prosecution officials prepared working papers for and against discontinuing the trial. On 26 January, Grünenthal had offered a glimpse of what it had been brewing in the secret talks. It announced that if the 2,544 families would give up their civil suits for compensation, Grünenthal would contribute 100m Deutsche marks ($27m) to a fund. There was no mention of a deal with the government or ending the trial. The Grünenthal posture was packaged as one of concern for families. The company said it intended to fight the criminal trial and then fight civil actions and appeal. All this would take at least 10 years and meanwhile the children would have no money.
Here, then, was an attempt to lay the ground for closing the criminal trial. The discovered papers suggest the private argument had been going the other way. They include a draft for the prosecution which added up to an argument against closure. The papers are undated but the context suggests February 1970. They considered acquittals were unlikely. Only one argument was advanced in favour of ending the trial. It was that the sooner it was over, the sooner the victims could start civil suits for damages – but that would mean they would receive less compensation than if there had been convictions for negligence.
The papers said discontinuing the trial must meet three conditions. One, discontinuance had to be clearly in the public interest. Two, it had to be shown that the accused had a low degree of personal guilt. The document concluded neither of these two requirements had been met, but even if they had there was an insuperable third: discontinuance could not be considered for any case where “severe bodily harm” was “in the air”. Why then did the prosecutor, reporting to Neuberger, consent to the discontinuance of the criminal trial?
The state prosecutor Josef Havertz said “everything got worse” after Neuberger took over. “I was the only state prosecutor and I was drowning in the files. It wasn’t until the last year I was provided with two young prosecutors as assistants, and they went behind my back and betrayed the victims.”
Thalidomide tablets Thalidomide tablets Photograph: PR The betrayal was twofold. The first betrayal was of values. No civilized society can abandon finding out how thousands of babies died, how thousands were deformed, how thousands of adults were inflicted with irreversible nerve damage.
The second betrayal was that the trial was abandoned in circumstances that undermined the parents’ claims for damage, exactly as the ministry briefing had said would happen with premature closure. So not only did the German government of the day secure the release of Wirtz and his associates, but the German taxpayer, not the company, has ended up paying the lion’s share of compensation.
I only pasted half the article. Sounds like normal KM procedures with Covid 19 💉 too.
Thanks for sharing the article!
Yes and they continued to produce it and sent it to S. America even after known birth defects in Germany
They can prescribe it here too. They brought it back for Aids, and a few specific diseases. All you need are young, ignorant doctors to prescribe it to pregnant women, and it starts all over again.
Poor kids, this breaks my heart.🥺
Aaaaannndd asbestos, tobacco, radium, Roundup, baby powder......any others? But pulling tags off of lawn chairs and breathing in wood dust cause cancer lol.
Teflon & waterpoofing for clothes, carpets and even waterproof make-up. (look up PFO acid i.e. Perfluorooctanoic_acid)
And now, the UK government is trying to tell us that DU (Depleted Uranium) is totally safe.
Wtf to all that. I don't wear any anymore because I notice that I can't think straight with all this bullshit on my face. And hormone imbalances and faster aging of skin are the best of it. Not to mention other toxic metals and animal byproducts. And uranium? How stupid do they think you are?
Billions of customers can't be wrong.
But seriously. Activists that have put their lives at risk exposing these companies and structures have been maligned for decades as hippies and other "othered" groups.
Thalidomide is still being prescribed for certain cancers and skin conditions. "Brand names include Contergan, Thalomid, Talidex, Talizer, Neurosedyn, Distaval and many others."
Years ago my parents knew a doctor who said he never took any medications because he believed, to some extent, that ALL meds harm the kidneys and/or liver. I later knew of several pharmacologists (one very high level) who also refused to take any medications at all.
They don’t mind pumping into others but won’t take themselves. Reminds me of Gates who pushes 💉💉💉but won’t vax his kids
We lived at a lake. Every year they sprayed for mosquitoes with us riding our bikes behind the sprayer truck for fun. Just had another chilhood neighbor die of cancer this week.
Also DES. Took them 40 years to figure that one out.
This is the example i was giving all the older people that wanted to force the vaccine on the population. They were unconvinced or just didn’t care because they were so struck with fear. Also, I was stunned how many never heard of thalidomide babies
There are always corrupt govt. officials, lawyers, judges and law enforcement who will cover up for Big Pharma. It’s been happening for at least a century, ie the “Spanish Influenza” after WWI
This makes perfect sense, when you consider who created big pharma - the industrial oligarchs of our past, who were looking to implement eugenics, and rid the world of those who were beneath them.
I babysat a thalidomide baby with missing limbs when I was 12 or 13. It was so very sad to see. I often wondered what happened to that infant and how he would be able to live that way.
He was still very young less than 6 mos. And he was already asleep for the night when I came. I went to check in on him and saw he had no arms (probably no legs too) but I didn’t look.
When they came home I told his parents I had gone in to check on him to make sure he was ok. And being a curious person I had to ask his parents what happened to him and they told me it was from Thalidomide his mom took when pregnant.
I will never forget how he looked and how shocking it was to see
These poor babies. One thing: Their destruction is visible. The destruction caused by the vaccines is invisible, until they die and doctors are baffled. They have perfected their destructive capabilities a thousand-fold.
Birth control killed a lot too! My husbands mother was a good Catholic 17 yo when his 21 yo dad got her pregnant. 1958. Her mom loaded her in the car for a trip to FLA for an abortion. We live in Michigan. His mom refused to knuckle under and when she got back his folks married. 4 years later she had 3 little boys. And went on BC. She was 27 yo when she was declared terminal. Pulmonary hypertension killed her when he was 12.
The requirement for the demonstration of safe and effective medications came about as a result of the Thalidomide debacle in Europe. FDA's Frances Kelsey refused to approve Thalidomide for marketing in the US, and the tragedy was avioded in the US. Experts estimate that thalidomide led to the death of approximately 2,000 children and serious birth defects in more than 10,000 children, about 5,000 of them in West Germany. Frances Kelsey received the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service from President John F. Kennedy, 1962.
The Kefauver Amendments (1962) to the US Food Drug and Cosmetic Act today requires 2 well-controlled clinical trials demonstrating safety and effeciveness of new drugs seeking approval for marketing.
Sadly today's FDA is a far cry from Kelsey's - even as it has chosen to ignore demonstrated safety concerns for CV-19 jabs
She was under so much pressure from big pharma and its usual allies to approve it for sale in the US but she never did. What a true hero.
Those poor kids. Life really isn’t fair sometimes..