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Tracing the rise of racist and eugenic ideologies, Henry Friedlander explores in chilling detail how the Nazi program of secretly exterminating the handicapped and disabled evolved into the systematic destruction of Jews and Gypsies. He describes how the so-called euthanasia of the handicapped provided a practical model for the later mass murder, thereby initiating the Holocaust. The Nazi regime pursued the extermination of Jews, Gypsies, and the handicapped based on a belief in the biological, and thus absolute, inferiority of those groups. To document the connection between the assault on the handicapped and the Final Solution, Friedlander shows how the legal restrictions and exclusionary policies of the 1930s, including mass sterilization, led to mass murder during the war. He also makes clear that the killing centers where the handicapped were gassed and cremated served as the models for the extermination camps.

Based on extensive archival research, the book also analyzes the involvement of the German bureaucracy and judiciary, the participation of physicians and scientists, and the nature of popular opposition.

Synopsis:

Henry Friedlander explores in chilling detail how the Nazi program of secretly exterminating the handicapped and disabled evolved into the systematic destruction of Jews and Gypsies. Tracing the rise of racist and eugenic ideologies in Germany, he describes how the so-called euthanasia of the handicapped provided a practical model for mass murder, thereby initiating the Holocaust. Based on extensive research in American, German, and Austrian archives as well as Allied and German court records, the book also analyzes the involvement of the German bureaucracy and judiciary, the participation of physicians and scientists, the motives of the killers, and the nature of popular opposition. Friedlander also sheds light on the special plight of handicapped Jews, who were the first singled out for murder.

About the Author

Henry Friedlander is professor of history in the department of Judaic studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and coeditor of the 26-volume Archives of the Holocaust Series. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. Prophets Without Honor: The Travails of the Southern Clergy, 1954-1960

Chapter 2. Going South: Northern Clergy and Direct-Action Protests, 1960-1962

Chapter 3. The Call to Battle: The Churches and Synagogues Enter the Civil Rights Struggle,1963

Chapter 4. Bringing Good News to the Oppressed: Clerical Organization in the North and South, 1964

Chapter 5. Flood Tide: Bearing Witness in Alabama, 1965

Chapter 6. Going Against the Grain: Clergy and the Antiwar Movement, 1963-1965

Chapter 7. A Voice for Moderation: Clergy and the Antiwar Movement, 1966-1967

Chapter 8. The Escalation of Dissent: The Antiwar Movement, 1967-1968

Chapter 9. The Costly Peace: The Antiwar Movement, 1968-1973

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807846759
Author:
Friedlander, Henry
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Handicapped
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
National socialism
Subject:
Gypsies
Subject:
Medical ethics
Subject:
Genocide
Subject:
Euthanasia
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Romanies
Subject:
racist and eugenic ideologies; handicapped; disabled; Jews; Gypsies; Holocaust
Subject:
racist and eugenic ideologies
Subject:
Disabled.
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 24.48 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Henry Friedlander explores in chilling detail how the Nazi program of secretly exterminating the handicapped and disabled evolved into the systematic destruction of Jews and Gypsies. Tracing the rise of racist and eugenic ideologies in Germany, he describes how the so-called euthanasia of the handicapped provided a practical model for mass murder, thereby initiating the Holocaust. Based on extensive research in American, German, and Austrian archives as well as Allied and German court records, the book also analyzes the involvement of the German bureaucracy and judiciary, the participation of physicians and scientists, the motives of the killers, and the nature of popular opposition. Friedlander also sheds light on the special plight of handicapped Jews, who were the first singled out for murder.
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