Introduction: An Old Legend and a New Legacy

in The Nazi Symbiosis

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226891767
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226891798 | DOI:
Introduction: An Old Legend and a New Legacy

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This chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is the “Faustian bargain” made by biomedical professionals in Germany with the officials of the Nazi state. The book examines why and how this deal was negotiated and explores its ethical and professional consequences for the biomedical practitioners, as well as its political ramifications for the institutionalization of Nazi racial policies. It also shows how important members of the German human genetics community functioned not only during the peak genocidal years of the regime, but also within the social, economic, and political contexts of the early years of the Third Reich.

Keywords: biomedical professionals; Faustian bargain; Nazi state; Germany; racial policies; human genetics; genocidal years; Third Reich

Chapter.  7991 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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