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Murderous science : elimination by scientific selection of Jews, Gypsies, and others in Germany, 1933-1945

Author: Benno Müller-Hill
Publisher: Plainview, N.Y. : Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, ©1998.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benno Müller-Hill
ISBN: 0879695315 9780879695316
OCLC Number: 37688339
Description: xix, 256 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Identification, Proscription, and Extermination. A German Chronicle of the Identification, Proscription, and Extermination of Those Who Were Different. From the Ostracism of the Jews to the Sterilization of Mental Patients. From the Killing of Mental Patients to the Killing of Jews and Gypsies. The Use of Those Who Had Been Deprived of Their Rights as Material for Anthropological and Psychiatric Research. On the Role and Self-image of Some Anthropologists. Nine Questions --
Conversations. Miss Gertrud Fischer, the daughter of Professor Eugen Fischer. Professor Widukind Lenz, the son of Professor Fritz Lenz. Dr. Helmut von Verschuer, the son of Professor Otmar von Verschuer. Professor Edith Zerbin-Rudin, the daughter of Professor Ernst Rudin. Mrs. Susanne Ludicke, Professor Fischer's medical technician, and Dr. Lore von Kries. Professor Wolfgang Abel. Dr. Engelhard Buhler. Dr. Adolf Wurth. Professor Hans Grebe. Mrs. Irmgard Haase, Professor Otmar von Verschuer's medical technician. Professor Georg Melchers. Professor Werner-Joachim Eicke. Professor Hans-Joachim Rauch --
Afterword. Five Days in Berlin, James D. Watson. The Specter of Kakogenics, Benno Muller-Hill.
Other Titles: Tödliche Wissenschaft.
Responsibility: Benno Müller-Hill ; afterword by James D. Watson ; translated by George R. Fraser.

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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."--BOOK JACKET.

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