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Friday, 12 August 2016

Life after death: Europe recycles the elderly

"You conducted an investigation into a German factory that dismembers and disposes of human bodies?"

"Indeed, the so-called plastinarium officially exists since 1977. It was created in the GDR, but then it developed to a national and even global level. The company's headquarters is located in the north of Germany, near the Polish border.

"In today's Germany, there are several centers of production. We call it the "secondary use of human bodies." The factory has special tanks to dissolve bodies and other technical facilities required for the extraction of chemical elements from human bodies. If you are a journalist or a business man, you may feel free to go there. I went there in 2006. The factory is located in Brandenburg, in the town of Guben."

"Why are they doing it to the bodies? Why so many corpses? Even if someone wants to create an art show of plasticized people, they will not run a whole factory to do it. Any production requires profitability, otherwise it makes no sense to work."

"The plastinarium is a showcase. In Berlin, there is a permanent exhibition of corpses. The firm has registered its trade mark and organizes exhibitions around the world - including in the UK, Japan, USA, etc. However, it is forbidden in France and Russia. The society thus tries to help science, but this is just a way to justify the activity of the company.

"Officially, their shows are supposed to demonstrate the functions of internal organs of human beings. In fact, the factory conducts the industrial processing of the deceased. In Poland and Germany, there are warehouses of processed human remains. It is quite possible that derivatives are used in cosmetics. Different parts of the human skeleton, tendons and so on can be used in modern industry indeed. They send batches of dead bodies to China too."

"Do you mean that the Germans have learned to dispose of various body parts and dissolve them into constituent elements for either easier recycling or use in the chemical industry and, perhaps, in the agricultural sector?"

"Yes.
I am also surprised that there is no reaction either from Berlin or Brussels. As a matter of fact, it goes about pressure on lone elderly individuals, who live their last days in hospices and so on. They are nearly forced to sign papers to refuse from their own bodies after death. And all are silent about it.

"In Germany, there are about 23 million pensioners. All of them need to be taken care of. There are many lonely individuals among them too. Every year, about 800,000 people die in Germany. In 30 years, the rate will grow to one million people a year. Germany is limited in its land resources, and it is hard to handle the problem of funerals at this point. Here is where the plastinarium comes forward as an ingenious solution to the problem of death and the disposal of the remains."
Life after death: Europe recycles the elderly - PravdaReport

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