Online exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race <http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/deadlymedicine/>.
From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to “cleanse”? German society of individuals viewed as biological threats to the nation’s “health.”? Enlisting the help of physicians and medically trained geneticists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists, the Nazis developed racial health policies that began with the mass sterilization of “genetically diseased”? persons and ended with the near annihilation of European Jewry.
To relate this history, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has assembled objects, photographs, documents, and historic film footage from European and American collections and presents them in settings evoking medical and scientific environments. Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race provokes reflection on the continuing attraction of biological utopias that promote the possibility of human perfection. From the early twentieth-century international eugenics movements to present-day dreams of eliminating inherited disabilities through genetic manipulation, the issues remain timely.