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The Nazi symbiosis: politics and human genetics at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute.
Endeavour 2004; 28(4):172-7E

Abstract

The case of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics (KWIA), from its inception in Weimar Republic Germany to its apogee under the rule of the Third Reich, is an example of how politics and human heredity can function as mutually beneficial resources. Whether it was a result of the Nazi bureaucrats' desire to legitimize their racial policy through science, or the KWIA personnel's desire to secure more funding for their research, the symbiotic relationship that developed between human genetics and Nazi politics could help explain why many scientists in the Third Reich undertook research projects that wholly transgressed the boundaries of morally acceptable science.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5750, USA. bereztm@clarkson.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Historical Article
Journal Article
Portrait

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15571767

Citation

Berez, Thomas M., and Sheila Faith Weiss. "The Nazi Symbiosis: Politics and Human Genetics at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute." Endeavour, vol. 28, no. 4, 2004, pp. 172-7.
Berez TM, Weiss SF. The Nazi symbiosis: politics and human genetics at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. Endeavour. 2004;28(4):172-7.
Berez, T. M., & Weiss, S. F. (2004). The Nazi symbiosis: politics and human genetics at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. Endeavour, 28(4), pp. 172-7.
Berez TM, Weiss SF. The Nazi Symbiosis: Politics and Human Genetics at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. Endeavour. 2004;28(4):172-7. PubMed PMID: 15571767.
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