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The Nazi Symbiosis: Human Genetics and Politics in the Third Reich

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The Faustian bargainandmdash;in which an individual or group collaborates with an evil entity in order to obtain knowledge, power, or material gainandmdash;is perhaps best exemplified by the alliance between world-renowned human geneticists and the Nazi state. Under the swastika, German scientists descended into the moral abyss, perpetrating heinous medical crimes at Auschwitz and at euthanasia hospitals. But why did biomedical researchers accept such a bargain?

The Nazi Symbiosis offers a nuanced account of the myriad ways human heredity and Nazi politics reinforced each other before and during the Third Reich. Exploring the ethical and professional consequences for the scientists involved as well as the political ramifications for Nazi racial policies, Sheila Faith Weiss places genetics and eugenics in their larger international context. In questioning whether the motives that propelled German geneticists were different from the compromises that researchers from other countries and eras have faced, Weiss extends her argument into our modern moment, as we confront the promises and perils of genomic medicine today.

About the Author

Sheila Faith Weiss is professor of history at Clarkson University and author of Race Hygiene and National Efficiency: The Eugenics of Wilhelm Schallmayer.

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Old Legend and a New Legacy

Chapter One: Human Heredity and Eugenics Make Their International Debut

Chapter Two: The Deviland#8217;s Directors at Dahlem

Chapter Three: The Munich Pact

Chapter Four: The Politics of Professional Talk

Chapter Five: Politicized Pedagogy

Chapter Six: The International Human Genetics Community Faces Nazi Germany

Conclusion: The Road Not Taken Elsewhere: Was There Something Unique about Human Heredity during the Third Reich?

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Acknowledgments

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Notes

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226891767
Author:
Weiss, Sheila Faith
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Germany Politics and government 1933-1945.
Subject:
Eugenics -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
World History-Germany
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
37 halftones
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » History of Medicine
History and Social Science » Europe » Germany » Nazi Germany
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Genetics

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