Twenty thousand people were sterilized in the quest to better the human race (Lecture 8). Considering that this essay is about Nazi Germany, one might have come to the conclusion that Hitler was behind this abhorrent statistic. That would be incorrect as this happened right here in California. The horrific behavior of the Nazis is something we all are well versed in, but it might come as a shock to know that in the beginning, the Nazis were helped along by prominent American eugenists. In this paper I will argue that Nazi eugenics started out along the line of early eugenists and got progressively more barbaric to the point where it became something different.
“They refer to me as an uneducated barbarian. Yes, we are barbarians. We want to be barbarians, it is an honored title to us. We shall rejuvenate the world. This world is near its end.”- Hitler during a conversation with Rauschning.
The essence of what Hitler was saying was very close to the ideas of not only American eugenists, but also earlier eugenists. Galton described eugenics as "the science which deals with all influences that improve the inborn qualities of a race; also with those that develop them to the utmost advantage” (Lecture 5, Galton Reading). Notably Hitler, Galton and American eugenists all started out with similar views about eugenics; how it was a tool that if used properly will result in the betterment of the human race as a whole. This is not the only similarity between American/early eugenics and Nazi eugenics. In fact, there was a lot of cooperation between prominent US research groups and German eugenicists, the Carnegie Institution and the Rockefeller Group have both been known to have professional relationships with German eugenicists ...
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...researchers were said to have used eugenics as an excuse for what they did (Black). While the early policies can be construed as eugenics-based, the grotesque actions by the Nazis later on clearly were the result of idiotic ideas based on racial hatred. It is clear from their actions that this became something completely different from what early eugenicists defined eugenics as.
Eugenics is a very controversial idea, looking back at it, knowing what we know now, it was not the smartest thing we have done. However, using eugenics as the reason for what the Nazis did is absurd. While in the beginning it could be argued that eugenics played a part in German/Nazi research, the actions that took place later were nothing short of barbaric and inhumane. All in all, the actions of the Nazis cannot be justified in any means and should never be allowed to happen again.
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