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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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The Devil's Directors at Dahlem

The Devil's Directors at Dahlem

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(p.69) Two The Devil's Directors at Dahlem
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The Nazi Symbiosis
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226891798.003.0003

This chapter explores the nature of the “Faustian bargain” formed between certain Nazi bureaucrats and the scientific personnel of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics (KWIA) in Berlin, Germany. It describes how Eugen Fischer, the institute's first director, sold the KWIA to important medical functionaries of the Nazi state, and how his successor, Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, helped intensified scientific paradigm change at the KWIA and a brutalization of Nazi racial policy. The chapter also highlights the involvement of some members of the KWIA in medical crimes.

Keywords:   KWIA, Nazi bureaucrats, Faustian bargain, Berlin, Germany, Eugen Fischer, von Verschuer, paradigm change, Nazi racial policy, medical crimes

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