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Studying the Jew: Scholarly Antisemitism in Nazi Germany

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Early in his political career, Adolf Hitler declared the importance of what he called “an antisemitism of reason.” Determined not to rely solely on traditional, cruder forms of prejudice against Jews, he hoped that his exclusionary and violent policies would be legitimized by scientific scholarship. The result was a disturbing, and long-overlooked, aspect of National Socialism: Nazi Jewish Studies.

Studying the Jew investigates the careers of a few dozen German scholars who forged an interdisciplinary field, drawing upon studies in anthropology, biology, religion, history, and the social sciences to create a comprehensive portrait of the Jew—one with devastating consequences. Working within the universities and research institutions of the Third Reich, these men fabricated an elaborate empirical basis for Nazi antisemitic policies. They supported the Nazi campaign against Jews by defining them as racially alien, morally corrupt, and inherently criminal.

In a chilling story of academics who perverted their talents and distorted their research in support of persecution and genocide, Studying the Jew explores the intersection of ideology and scholarship, the state and the university, the intellectual and his motivations, to provide a new appreciation of the use and abuse of learning and the horrors perpetrated in the name of reason.

About the Author

Alan E. Steinweis is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. An "Antisemitism of Reason"

2. Racializing the Jew

3. The Blood and Sins of Their Fathers

4. Dissimilation through Scholarship

5. Pathologizing the Jew

Epilogue

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674043992
Subtitle:
Scholarly Antisemitism in Nazi Germany
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Steinweis, Alan E.
Author:
Alan E. Steinweis
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
History
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Germany Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Germany Intellectual life 20th century.
Subject:
Germany-Nazi Germany
Subject:
World History-Germany
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060415
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
214
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General
History and Social Science » World History » Holocaust
Religion » Judaism » History

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