The Politics of Professional Talk

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:
The Politics of Professional Talk

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This chapter examines the political aspects of the participation of German geneticists in national and international conferences, explaining that Nazi officials provided these geneticists with the means to host and participate in conferences where they could publicly bestow their professional blessings on the “racial state.” It describes how prominent scientists such as Ernst Rüdin,, Eugen Fischer, and Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer bore the Nazi racial banner in these events and enhanced the prestige of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the Advancement of Science.

Keywords: German geneticists; international conferences; Nazi officials; racial state; Ernst Rüdin; Eugen Fischer; von Verschuer

Chapter.  15158 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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