The International Human Genetics Community Faces Nazi Germany

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 International Human Genetics Community Faces Nazi Germany

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This chapter examines the reaction of the international human genetics community to the use of its science by Nazi Germany. It analyzes the critical position of the so-called reform eugenicist in the United States, Great Britain, and Sweden, and considers the purported connection between conservative and racist American and German practitioners of human heredity and eugenics. The chapter also explores how German delegations attempted to control the course of events in scientific conferences and highlights the demise of the international eugenics movement in 1939.

Keywords: human genetics; Nazi Germany; reform eugenicists; United States; Great Britain; Sweden; human heredity; eugenics; scientific conferences

Chapter.  15657 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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