The abortion doctor who hoarded over 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains at his Illinois house told a filmmaker last year that his experience of bombings during World War II shaped his perception of humanity.
Filmmaker Mark Archer interviewed Ulrich Klopfer at his Fort Wayne, Indiana, clinic on Oct. 18, 2018.
Archer said that he found Klopfer “very lonely.”
“He seemed like he was very desperate for someone to talk to,” Archer told the Daily Caller.
Klopfer told Archer that he lived with his aunt in Dresden, Germany in 1945 and lived through the Allies bombing the city for several consecutive days.
At least 35,000 people, and up to 150,000 people, died in the city, according to different sources.
Klopfer described the experience, including how Russian soldiers drove through some areas “shooting at anything and everything” and recalling how the family who lived across the street from his aunt had their house bombed.
“The effects of the war may have probably not have had a positive effect…on my perception, okay?” Klopfer told Archer.
“On your perception of what?” Archer asked him.
“Of human beings…what they do to each other,” Klopfer said.
Archer said the moment saddened him.
“That was obviously a defining moment in his life,” Archer said, adding, “It made me sad for the boy that became the monster.”
Authorities announced on Sept. 13 that Klopfer’s family found the fetal remains at his Will County, Illinois, house while going through his belongings following the doctor’s Sept. 3 death.
An attorney representing the doctor’s widow said the family doesn’t know why the remains were at the house.
Klopfer performed abortions on girls as young as 10 and had his license suspended for failing to properly notify authorities. According to a report from 1978, Klopfer would become engaged in competitions with a fellow doctor. They would compete to complete abortions faster than the other.
The White House called for a federal probe into the matter. One Indiana official noted that because the fetuses likely crossed state lines, a federal probe was appropriate.
“The horrific discovery of 2,246 fetal remains in abortionist Dr. Klopfer’s Illinois home is appalling & should shock the conscience of every American,” Vice President Mike Pence said on Twitter. “While I was Governor of Indiana we took his medical license away & passed a law requiring fetal remains be treated with dignity.”
“His actions should be fully & thoroughly investigated, the remains of the unborn must be treated with dignity & respect & this abortionists defenders should be ashamed. We will always stand for the unborn.”
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, a Republican, said on Monday that he was working with Democratic Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to investigate the matter.
“The grisly discovery of these fetal remains at the Illinois home of a deceased abortion doctor shocks the conscience. Further, we have reason to believe there is an Indiana connection to these remains,” he said in a statement. Raoul’s office said it has agreed to assist Hill with contacting authorities in Illinois.