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Cleansing the fatherland : Nazi medicine and racial hygiene

Author: Götz Aly; Peter Chroust; Christian Pross
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1994.
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The authors, who are German, offer compelling evidence that the 350 doctors tried at Nuremberg in 1946-47 were not the so-called black sheep of the German medical profession, but rather a small part of a much larger group of doctors, university professors, scientists and researchers involved in medical crimes. The authors draw their chilling conclusions directly from the archives of mental institutions, hospitals  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Aly, Götz, 1947-
Cleansing the fatherland.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1994
(OCoLC)607661731
Online version:
Aly, Götz, 1947-
Cleansing the fatherland.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1994
(OCoLC)624919484
Named Person: Hermann Voss; Friedrich Mennecke
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Götz Aly; Peter Chroust; Christian Pross
ISBN: 0801847753 9780801847752 0801848245 9780801848247
OCLC Number: 29430028
Language Note: Consists primarily of edited translations of articles which originally appeared in German in the journal Beiträge zur Nationalsozialistischen Gesundheits- und Sozialpolitik.
Notes: Consists primarily of edited translations of articles which originally appeared in German in the journal Beiträge zur Nationalsozialistischen Gesundheits- und Sozialpolitik.
The Mazal Holocaust Collection
Description: xvi, 295 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Christian Pross --
Medicine against the useless / Götz Aly --
The Posen diaries of the anatomist Hermann Voss / annotated by Götz Aly --
Pure and tainted progress / Götz Aly --
Selected letters of Doctor Friedrich Mennecke / annotated by Peter Chroust
Other Titles: Beiträge zur Nationalsozialistichen Gesundhets- und Sozialpolitik.
Responsibility: by Götz Aly, Peter Chroust, and Christian Pross ; translated by Belinda Cooper ; foreword by Michael H. Kater.
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The authors, who are German, offer compelling evidence that the 350 doctors tried at Nuremberg in 1946-47 were not the so-called black sheep of the German medical profession, but rather a small part of a much larger group of doctors, university professors, scientists and researchers involved in medical crimes. The authors draw their chilling conclusions directly from the archives of mental institutions, hospitals and experimentation centers. An abundance of evidence, sometimes absorbing, sometimes overwhelming, demonstrates how the Nazis employed medicine to "cleanse" Germany of the "sick, alien, and disturbing"-a goal firmly supported by the intelligentsia. By 1939, euthanasia was the method ordained by the Nazis to eliminate the infirm, mentally ill, socially or racially "inferior" and anyone unable to work. Hundreds of thousands, including children, were killed while medical professionals profitted. Dr. Hermann Voss, chief anatomist at the Reich University of Posen, turned a handsome profit on the sale of the skeletons and skulls of dead Poles. His diary is an illustration of Hannah Arendt's banality of evil, "Yesterday, two wagons full of Polish ashes were taken away. Outside my office, the robinias are blooming beautifully, just as in Leipzig." Much of this information, which was available at the end of WWII, was suppressed because many of those involved in these heinous crimes still hold leading positions.

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