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The Nazi connection : eugenics, American racism, and German national socialism, Stefan Kühl

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The Nazi connection : eugenics, American racism, and German national socialism
Title
The Nazi connection
Title remainder
eugenics, American racism, and German national socialism
Statement of responsibility
Stefan Kühl
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Hitler published Mein Kampf in 1924, he held up a foreign law as a model for his program of racial purification: The U.S. Immigration Restriction Act, which prohibited the immigration of those with hereditary illnesses and entire ethnic groups. When the Nazis took power in 1933, they installed a program of eugenics - the attempted "improvement" of the population through forced sterilization and marriage controls - that consciously drew on the U.S. example. By then, many American states had long had compulsory sterilization laws for "defectives," upheld by the Supreme Court in 1927. Small wonder that the Nazi laws led one eugenics activist in Virginia to complain, "The Germans are beating us at our own game." In The Nazi Connection, Stefan Kuhl uncovers the ties between the American eugenics movement and the Nazi program of racial hygiene, showing that many American scientists actively supported Hitler's policies. After introducing us to the recently resurgent problem of scientific racism, Kuhl carefully recounts the history of the eugenics movement, both in the United States and internationally, demonstrating how widely the idea of sterilization as a genetic control had become accepted by the early twentieth century. From the first, American eugenicists led the way with radical ideas. Their influence led to sterilization laws in dozens of states - laws which were studied carefully by the German racial hygienists. With the rise of Hitler, the Germans enacted compulsory sterilization laws partly based on the U.S. experience, and American eugenicists took pride in their influence on Nazi policies. Kuhl recreates astonishing scenes of American eugenicists traveling to Germany to study the new laws, publishing scholarly articles lionizing the Nazi eugenics program, and proudly comparing personal notes from Hitler thanking them for their books. Even after the outbreak of war, he writes, the American eugenicists frowned upon Hitler's totalitarian government, but not his sterilization laws. By 1945, when the murderous nature of the Nazi government was made perfectly clear, the American eugenicists sought to downplay the close connections between themselves and the German program. Some of them, in fact, had sought to distance themselves from Hitler even before the war. But Stefan Kuhl's deeply documented book provides a devastating indictment of the influence - and aid - provided by American scientists for the most comprehensive attempt to enforce racial purity in world history
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Kühl, Stefan
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Eugenics
  • Eugenics
  • Racism
  • National socialism
  • Eugenics
  • History, 20th Century
  • National Socialism
  • Prejudice
  • Sterilization, Involuntary
  • Germany
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The Nazi connection : eugenics, American racism, and German national socialism, Stefan Kühl
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-157) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1: New scientific racism -- 2: German-American relations within the international eugenics movement before 1933 -- 3: International context: the support of Nazi race policy through the international eugenics movement -- 4: From disciple to model: sterilization in Germany and the United States -- 5: American eugenicists in Nazi Germany -- 6: Science and racism: the influence of different concepts of race on attitudes toward Nazi race policies -- 8: Influence of Nazi race policies on the transformation of eugenics in the United States -- 8: Reception and function of American support in Nazi Germany -- 9: Temporary end of the relations between German and American eugenicists -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
27935541
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 166 pages
Isbn
9780195082609
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
93017283
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1570080
Label
The Nazi connection : eugenics, American racism, and German national socialism, Stefan Kühl
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-157) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1: New scientific racism -- 2: German-American relations within the international eugenics movement before 1933 -- 3: International context: the support of Nazi race policy through the international eugenics movement -- 4: From disciple to model: sterilization in Germany and the United States -- 5: American eugenicists in Nazi Germany -- 6: Science and racism: the influence of different concepts of race on attitudes toward Nazi race policies -- 8: Influence of Nazi race policies on the transformation of eugenics in the United States -- 8: Reception and function of American support in Nazi Germany -- 9: Temporary end of the relations between German and American eugenicists -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
27935541
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 166 pages
Isbn
9780195082609
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
93017283
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1570080

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