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Life Unworthy Of Life: Racial Phobia And Mass Murder In Hitler's Germany
     

Life Unworthy Of Life: Racial Phobia And Mass Murder In Hitler's Germany

by James Glass
 

ISBN-10: 0465098460

ISBN-13: 9780465098460

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: Basic Books

In this path-breaking work of intellectual and cultural history, James M. Glass provides a provocative new answer to the questions about the Holocaust that bedevil us to this day: How and why did so many ordinary Germans participate in the Final Solution? And how did they come to regard Jews as less than human and “deserving” of extermination? Glass

Overview

In this path-breaking work of intellectual and cultural history, James M. Glass provides a provocative new answer to the questions about the Holocaust that bedevil us to this day: How and why did so many ordinary Germans participate in the Final Solution? And how did they come to regard Jews as less than human and “deserving” of extermination? Glass argues that the answers lie in the rise of a particular ethos of public health and sanitation that emerged from the German medical establishment and filtered down to the common people. Building his argument on a trove of documentary evidence, including the records of the German medical community and of other professional groups, he traces the development in the years following World War I of theories of racial hygiene that singled out the Jews as an infectious disease, and that determined them as “life unworthy of life” in the words of Nazi propogandists and German scientists.Looked at from a broader perspective, Glass writes, the actions and beliefs of the German people show what today would be regarded as insane, became, for World War II German society, normal politics. Murdering millions of innocent people was not seen as a vicious criminal conspiracy, but as a therapy essential to the culture's well-being.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465098460
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
938,579
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.74(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

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