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The Nazi SymbiosisHuman Genetics and Politics in the Third Reich$
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Sheila Faith Weiss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226891767

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226891798.001.0001

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Introduction: An Old Legend and a New Legacy

Introduction: An Old Legend and a New Legacy

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(p.1) Introduction: An Old Legend and a New Legacy
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The Nazi Symbiosis
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226891798.003.0001

This chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is the “Faustian bargain” made by biomedical professionals in Germany with the officials of the Nazi state. The book examines why and how this deal was negotiated and explores its ethical and professional consequences for the biomedical practitioners, as well as its political ramifications for the institutionalization of Nazi racial policies. It also shows how important members of the German human genetics community functioned not only during the peak genocidal years of the regime, but also within the social, economic, and political contexts of the early years of the Third Reich.

Keywords:   biomedical professionals, Faustian bargain, Nazi state, Germany, racial policies, human genetics, genocidal years, Third Reich

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