The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution

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Pub. Date: 1995-08-01
Publisher(s): Univ of North Carolina Pr
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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. Tracing the rise of racist and eugenic ideologies in Germany, he describes how the so-called euthanasia of the handicapped provided a practical model for mass murder, thereby initiating the Holocaust.
Based on extensive research in American, German, and Austrian archives as well as Allied and German court records, the book also analyzes the involvement of the German bureaucracy and judiciary, the participation of physicians and scientists, the motives of the killers, and the nature of popular opposition. Friedlander also sheds light on the special plight of handicapped Jews, who were the first singled out for murder.

Author Biography

Henry Friedlander is currently professor of history in the department of Judaic studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xix
Note on Languagep. xxi
The Settingp. 1
Excluding the Handicappedp. 23
Killing Handicapped Childrenp. 39
Killing Handicapped Adultsp. 63
The Killing Centersp. 86
Toward the Killing Pausep. 111
The Expanded Killing Programp. 136
The Continued Killing Programp. 151
The Handicapped Victimsp. 164
Managers and Supervisorsp. 187
Physicians and Other Killersp. 216
Excluding Gypsiesp. 246
Killing Handicapped Jewsp. 263
The Final Solutionp. 284
Notesp. 303
Bibliographyp. 385
Indexp. 403
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