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The Devil's Directors at Dahlem

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226891798.003.0003
The Devil's Directors at Dahlem

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This chapter explores the nature of the “Faustian bargain” formed between certain Nazi bureaucrats and the scientific personnel of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics (KWIA) in Berlin, Germany. It describes how Eugen Fischer, the institute's first director, sold the KWIA to important medical functionaries of the Nazi state, and how his successor, Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, helped intensified scientific paradigm change at the KWIA and a brutalization of Nazi racial policy. The chapter also highlights the involvement of some members of the KWIA in medical crimes.

Keywords: KWIA; Nazi bureaucrats; Faustian bargain; Berlin; Germany; Eugen Fischer; von Verschuer; paradigm change; Nazi racial policy; medical crimes

Chapter.  20971 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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