The origins of Nazi genocide : from euthanasia to the Final Solution

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The origins of Nazi genocide : from euthanasia to the Final Solution
Call No: 179.7 F91o

Call Number179.7 F91o
Dates[1995]; ©1995
Statement of ResponsibilityHenry Friedlander.
Creators & ContributorsFriedlander, Henry (author)
Summary"Tracing the rise of racist and eugenic ideologies, Henry Friedlander explores in chilling detail how the Nazi program of secretly exterminating the handicapped and disabled evolved into the systematic destruction of Jews and Gypsies. He describes how the so-called euthanasia of the handicapped provided a practical model for the later mass murder, thereby initiating the Holocaust. The Nazi regime pursued the extermination of Jews, Gypsies, and the handicapped based on a belief in the biological, and thus absolute, inferiority of those groups. To document the connection between the assault on the handicapped and the Final Solution, Friedlander shows how the legal restrictions and exclusionary policies of the 1930s, including mass sterilization, led to mass murder during the war. He also makes clear that the killing centers where the handicapped were gassed and cremated served as the models for the extermination camps. Based on extensive archival research, the book also analyzes the involvement of the German bureaucracy and judiciary, the participation of physicians and scientists, and the nature of popular opposition." —Publisher
  1. The setting
  2. Excluding the handicapped
  3. Killing handicapped children
  4. Killing handicapped adults
  5. The killing centers
  6. Toward the killing pause
  7. The expanded killing program
  8. The continued killing program
  9. The handicapped victims
  10. Managers and supervisors
  11. Physicians and other killers
  12. Excluding Gypsies
  13. Killing handicapped Jews
  14. The Final Solution
Physical Description xxiii, 421 pages ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherChapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references (pages 385–401) and index
RecognitionGifted in 2016 by Keiko Yokosawa in memory of Professor John D. Klier