Murderous Science: Elimination by Scientific Selection of Jews, Gypsies, and Others in Germany, 1933-1945

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1998 - History - 256 pages

The Human Genome Project has associated many mutant genes with physical ailments and the genetic basis of certain behavioral characteristics is being seriously discussed. In the 1920s and 1930s, advocates for eugenics claimed that genes influenced human behavior, but with no valid evidence. In Germany the Nazis adopted their ideas to justify violent anti-semitism. In this new, expanded edition of the English translation of his compelling book Tödliche Wissenschaft,the distinguished German geneticist Benno Müller-Hill documents the long-suppressed collusion of eugenics and racist politics which resulted in the mass murder of millions. In a new Afterword, he warns against the misuse today of newly emerging knowledge about human heredity. In an accompanying essay, Nobel Laureate James D. Watson, an architect of this new era of genetics, vividly describes a recent visit to Berlin and his impressions of the legacy of eugenics in German science.

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Contents

Introduction
3
From the Ostracism of the Jews to the Sterilization
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From the Killing of Mental Patients to the Killing of Jews
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