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The Nazi Symbiosis: Human Genetics and Politics in the Third Reich

Sheila Faith Weiss


The Faustian bargain—in which an individual or group collaborates with an evil entity in order to obtain knowledge, power, or material gain—is perhaps best exemplified by the alliance between world-renowned human geneticists and the Nazi state. Under the swastika, German scientists descended into the moral abyss, perpetrating heinous medical crimes at Auschwitz and at euthanasia hospitals. But why did biomedical researchers accept such a bargain? This book offers a nuanced account of the myriad ways human heredity and Nazi politics reinforced each other before and during the Third Reich. Explo ... More

Keywords: Faustian bargain, Nazis, Germany, Auschwitz, Third Reich, racial policies, genetics, eugenics, genomic medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226891767
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226891798.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheila Faith Weiss, author