Murderous Science: Elimination by Scientific Selection of Jews, Gypsies, and Others in Germany, 1933-1945

Murderous Science: Elimination by Scientific Selection of Jews, Gypsies, and Others in Germany, 1933-1945

by Benno Muller-Hill
     
 

In the 1920s and 1930s, advocates for eugenics made claims that genes influenced human behavior, but with no valid evidence from studies of the genome itself. To help realize their utopian dreams, they turned to politics - most successfully in Germany where the Nazis adopted their ideas. But the German eugenicists paid a price for this support - the need to justify… See more details below

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In the 1920s and 1930s, advocates for eugenics made claims that genes influenced human behavior, but with no valid evidence from studies of the genome itself. To help realize their utopian dreams, they turned to politics - most successfully in Germany where the Nazis adopted their ideas. But the German eugenicists paid a price for this support - the need to justify and promote the Nazis' violent anti-semitism. In this book, the distinguished German geneticist Benno Muller-Hill documents the terrible collaboration which ended in the mass murder of millions, and warns against the misuse today of newly emerging knowledge about human heredity. In an accompanying essay, Nobel Laureate James D. Watson, an architect of this new era of genetics, vividly describes a recent visit to Berlin and his impressions of the legacy of eugenics in German science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879695316
Publisher:
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Series:
Science & Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Author's Preface to the English Edition
Acknowledgements
Translator's Preface
Translator's Notes on Terminology
Identification, Proscription, and Extermination
Introduction3
A German Chronicle of the Identification, Proscription, and Extermination of Those Who Were Different7
From the Ostracism of the Jews to the Sterilization of Mental Patients23
From the Killing of Mental Patients to the Killing of Jews and Gypsies42
The Use of Those Who Had Been Deprived of Their Rights as Material for Anthropological and Psychiatric Research71
On the Role and Self-image of Some Anthropologists81
Nine Questions95
Conversations
Miss Gertrud Fischer, the daughter of Professor Eugen Fischer117
Professor Widukind Lenz, the son of Professor Fritz Lenz120
Dr. Helmut von Verschuer, the son of Professor Otmar von Verschuer126
Professor Edith Zerbin-Rudin, the daughter of Professor Ernst Rudin130
Mrs. Susanne Ludicke, Professor Fischer's medical technician, and Dr. Lore von Kries134
Professor Wolfgang Abel136
Dr. Engelhard Buhler151
Dr. Adolf Wurth156
Professor Hans Grebe163
Mrs. Irmgard Haase, Professor Otmar von Verschuer's medical technician169
Professor Georg Melchers171
Professor Werner-Joachim Eicke173
Professor Hans-Joachim Rauch177
Afterword
Five Days in Berlin, James D. Watson187
The Specter of Kakogenics, Benno Muller-Hill201
Bibliography207
Notes and References213
Name Index233
Subject Index247
Autobiographical Note255

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