Origins of Nazi Genocide From Euthanasia to the Final Solution

ISBN-10: 0807846759
ISBN-13: 9780807846759
Edition: 3rd 1997
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/22/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694

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.

Henry Friedlander was professor of history in the department of Judaic studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and coeditor of the 26-volume Archives of the Holocaust Series.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Note on Language
The Setting
Excluding the Handicapped
Killing Handicapped Children
Killing Handicapped Adults
The Killing Centers
Toward the Killing Pause
The Expanded Killing Program
The Continued Killing Program
The Handicapped Victims
Managers and Supervisors
Physicians and Other Killers
Excluding Gypsies
Killing Handicapped Jews
The Final Solution
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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