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""Life Unworthy of Life"" : Racial Phobia and Mass Murder in Hitler's Germany (97 Edition)

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In this path-breaking work of intellectual and cultural history, James M. Glass provides a provocative new answer to the questions about the Holocaust that bedevil us to this day: How and why did so many ordinary Germans participate in the Final Solution? And how did they come to regard Jews as less than human and “deserving” of extermination?Glass argues that the answers lie in the rise of a particular ethos of public health and sanitation that emerged from the German medical establishment and filtered down to the common people. Building his argument on a trove of documentary evidence, including the records of the German medical community and of other professional groups, he traces the development in the years following World War I of theories of racial hygiene that singled out the Jews as an infectious disease, and that determined them as “life unworthy of life” in the words of Nazi propogandists and German scientists.Looked at from a broader perspective, Glass writes, the actions and beliefs of the German people show what today would be regarded as insane, became, for World War II German society, normal politics. Murdering millions of innocent people was not seen as a vicious criminal conspiracy, but as a therapy essential to the cultures well-being.

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A ground-breaking work by one of the leading scholars on the interplay between psychology and politics. James M. Glass attributes the Holocaust to the idea of racial hygiene popular in Germany prior to World War II.

About the Author

James M. Glass is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. The author of several other books, including Psychosis and Power, Private Terror/Public Life, and Delusion: Internal Dimensions of Political Life, Glass is well-respected for his knowledge on the interplay of politics and psychology. He lives in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465098460
Author:
Glass, James M.
Author:
Glass, James M.
Author:
Glass, James
Author:
Glass, James M., Professor
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Antisemitism
Subject:
Eugenics
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19990631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 14.7 oz

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