‘We were treated like lab rats’

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Three Iden­ti­cal Strangers took Bri­tish di­rec­tor Tim War­dle five years to com­plete. The doc­u­men­tary fol­lows the out­come of a sin­is­ter Amer­i­can ex­per­i­ment in which the triplets, Robert, Eddy and David, were de­lib­er­ately separated from each other at birth and as­signed to three dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies. One was af­flu­ent, the sec­ond mid­dle-class, and the third came from a work­ing­class area of New York.

The adop­tions were car­ried out as part of a se­cret study de­signed by child psy­cho­an­a­lyst Peter Neubauer, who wanted to un­cover the in­flu­ences of genes and the en­vi­ron­ment in chil­dren’s up­bring­ing. Each fam­ily was told noth­ing of the other iden­ti­cal si­b­lings who were in­volved in the ex­per­i­ment; nor were they in­formed about the na­ture of the fol­low-up stud­ies that Neubauer set in mo­tion in or­der to keep tabs on his sub­jects.

The adop­tion of the boys was ar­ranged by the now de­funct Louise Wise Adop­tion Agency in New York, which was set up pri­mar­ily to serve the city’s Jewish com­mu­nity, an in­volve­ment that was high­lighted by the US jour­nal Sci­ence ear­lier this year.

“The irony of a Jewish re­searcher and a Jewish adop­tion agency con­duct­ing a twin study af­ter the atroc­i­ties waged against Jewish peo­ple in Nazi Ger­many is clear, and was per­haps the rea­son that Neubauer never pub­lished [the results of] the study.”

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War­dle and his sub­jects at­tempted to gain ac­cess to their files, but were able to see only heav­ily redacted ver­sions of Neubauer’s study. Three Iden­ti­cal Strangers is re­leased in the UK on 30 November

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