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

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/9780226891798.003.0008
Conclusion The Road Not Taken Elsewhere: Was There Something Unique about Human Heredity During the Third Reich?

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This chapter, which sums up the key findings of this study about the “Faustian bargain” made by German geneticists with Nazi officials, suggests that the main factor in this deal is the way human genetics and politics served as “resources” for each other. The chapter also describes how human genetics knowledge was propagated at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics (KWIA), the German Research Institute for Psychiatry (GRIP), in scientific conferences, and in secondary schools. It also highlights the role of genetics and eugenics in strengthening Nazi racial policy.

Keywords: German geneticists; Nazi officials; Faustian bargain; human genetics; politics; KWIA; GRIP; Nazi racial policy; scientific conferences; secondary schools

Chapter.  4588 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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