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Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999$
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Ezra Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.001.0001

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Götz Aly, Peter Chroust and Christian Pross, Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. xvii = 296 pp.

Götz Aly, Peter Chroust and Christian Pross, Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. xvii = 296 pp.

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Götz Aly, Peter Chroust and Christian Pross, Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. xvii = 296 pp.
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Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999
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George L. Mosse

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.003.0013

A review of the book, Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene by Gotz Aly, Peter Chroust and Christian Pross is presented. Racism as an ideology has been neglected by historians, even while its deadly consequences have been analyzed, instrumentalized and its root cause almost taken for granted. This book also instrumentalizes racism, and one might well ask what is the point of yet another book on the Nazi euthanasia program. The authors are aware of this problem, but believe that what counts is precisely the detail in the implementation of racist policies. Their book does provide important details about the process of euthanasia. Beyond this, through the diary of one doctor, Hermann Voss, and through the letters to his wife written by another doctor, Friedrich Mennecke, it also provides a certain insight into the minds of the perpetrators.

Keywords:   Nazi medicine, racism, Nazis, euthanasia

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