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Selling murder : the killing films of the Third Reich

by Stewart Lansley; Joanna Mack; Michael Burleigh; Domino Films, Ltd.; Channel Four (Great Britain);

  VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material

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Documentary on National Socialist Eugenic and Euthanasia Films   (2010-02-05)


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by WCKirk

Selling Murder: The Killing Films of the Third Reich provides an important resource concerning the mass-media and popular presentation of the devaluation of human life in the context of German eugenic thought presented and made policy after 1933. Its tropes (including financial arguments) were also present in international eugenic thought. In this context, public 'education' via documentary formats lead not only to sell involuntary sterilization after legalization, over a quarter century after the U.S., but also to enable the performance of active killing of impaired individuals with links to the future broader destruction of life classified as unworthy of life.  This expanded beyond persons with impairments and social stigma to broad ethnic classifications (Jews, Gypsies (Roma and Sinti), and, prospectively, Slavs). The context is now relic, but the discourses are recurrent.

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