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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 of 1924, 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 populatioWhen 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 of 1924, 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, the American eugenicists led the way with radical ideas. Their influence led to sterilization laws in dozens of states--laws which were studied, and praised, 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 eugenists took pride in their influence on Nazi policies. Kuhl recreates astonishing scenes of American eugenicists travelling 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. So deep was the failure to recognize the connection between eugenics and Hitler's genocidal policies, that a prominent liberal Jewish eugenicist who had been forced to flee Germany found it fit to grumble that the Nazis "took over our entire plan of eugenic measures." 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....

Title : The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism
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  • Yellow-craion
    2019-04-19 04:43

    krótkie (ostatnie 20 stron to bibliografia itp) i tresciwe, znalezione w bibliografii 'Systemic racism' i dlatego przeczytane, wypożyczone z BUŁy, o polit imigracyjnej mniej, raczej o relacjach eugeników USA (i innych) z nazistowskimi przed w trakcie i po wojnie, i nawet jest o hipokryzji odrobinka że usańczycy zarzucają niemcom rasizm i straszne rzeczy a sami mają też obok RPA i III rzesza apartheid plus lincze i nie dopuszczanie czarnych do uniwersytetów (str 98) a czepiają się że naziści wprowadzają ustawy norymberskie i sterylizują ludziopisane glownie relacje - typu wycieczki do niemieckich uczelni czy sądow, korespondencja z hitlerem, jakioes artykuly pisane i wykorztystywane pozniej przez propagande, kampanie spoleczne - miedzy usanskimi (i innymi tez troche) a niemieckimi eugenikami, przed w trakcie i po wojnie. ze wcale kontakty nie oslably jak nazisci doszli do wladzy i zaczeli robic przymusowa sterylizacje, wrecz byly kregi wsrod naukowcow w usa ktorzy chwalili czy podziwiali jakie genialne to prawo hitler wprowadzil bo przeciez to tylko ulepszy jakosc populacji i jedyne o co sie martwili to ze bedzie prawo naduzywane ale przy tylu wycieczkach i takim cieplym przyjeciu (bo wiadomo ze zewnetrzni goscie dodaja wiarygodnosci) bylo oczywiste ze nie ma w III rzeszy mowy o naduzyciach nawet jak zaczela sie wojna to jeszcze jakies wycieczki byly dopiero jak usa wlaczyla sie do wojny oficjalnie to juz sie naukowcy zaczeli wycofywac i ewentyualnie tracic na wiarygodnosci czy poparciu jesli wczesniej popierali nazistow, a po wojnie oczywiscie ani slowem o tym sie nie wspominalo, byle tylko zatrzec, bo "gdzie tam, jakie poparcie i jakie bliskie relacje? nie, tego nie bylo!"i pod koniec mi sie spodobalo, bo w sumie liczylam ze to zostanie poruszone i nazisci faktycznie jak spadlo im usanskie poparcie tez o tym zaczeli pisac w prasie itp - ze no jak to? usanczycy krytykuja sterylizacje i segregacje w rzeszy a sami maja w 30 stanach legalna sterylizacje, segregacja rasowa kwitnie, do tego masowe lincze i czarni nie maja co myslec o dostepie do uczelni wyzszychjeszcze byla wzmianka ze poza rzesza i usa to w rpa tez byla segregacja przeciez i ze ustawy o sterylizacji (ale to juz chyba dobrowolne?) byly w skandynawii tez wprowadzane. tylko pytanie czy to bylo bo rzesza tak robi i im tak to cudownie wychodzi, czy moze to byla reakcja na ten wielki kryzys co byl i proba ciecia wydatkow (aka mniej ludzi do utrzymania itp)chociaz pewnie polaczenie obu i jeszcze inne czyniki

  • Jessica
    2019-04-03 07:39

    The definitive book to read to understand the connections between German, American, and British eugenicists and how eugenics thrives today. He moves from the progression and incubation of "scientific racism" in the states on to the trans-Atlantic ties that innovated Nazi racial hygienists. They justified their atrocities by citing American sterilization laws at the Nuremberg Doctors Trials, and American prosecutors were sympathetic to this. The concluding chapters prove how their American counterparts rehabilitated them swiftly after WWII while they lied about being associated with the worst crimes of Nazi Germany, a very common trope. Kühl's research dismantles the mythology of the "few scientists who got out of control" by carefully analyzing those he classified as "mainline", "reform", and "socialist" eugenicists. American eugenicists' desires to create a purified national body were only "sullied" by the logical conclusion of what the practices and ideology meant -- mass killings and eventually the Holocaust. Do not expect to receive political analysis readymade for you from this book. Its strongest point is that it is important reference material put in one book that is too often diffuse. Kühl presents extensive documentation, and I look forward to connecting the criminals he names with the existing organizations that purport to be kinder, friendlier eugenicists in the 21st century for my own research.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-08 01:44

    Puts the US squarely in the middle of Hitler's experiments. Tracks how the programs were funded and who wanted them done. A good collection of scientific thought around the idea of forced natural selection. No one was innocent.

  • Chad Lamb
    2019-04-02 01:35

    Interesting look at how American eugenics movement affected Nazi Germany. A little too dull and not my most interesting topic.