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Nazi Movement and Eugenics

  1. Paul Weindling

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005604



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Weindling, P. 2006. Nazi Movement and Eugenics. eLS. .

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  1. Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Pre-war Nazi ideas about the need to keep the population free from the burden of ‘unfit’ persons led first to eugenic measures and then to a widespread sterilization program. This paved the way for coercive euthanasia and finally the Holocaust, both of which were (to the shame of the science) exploited as research material by the German geneticists of the day.


  • genocide;
  • euthanasia;
  • positive eugenics;
  • negative eugenics;
  • sterilization