From Racism to Genocide

Anthropology in the Third Reich
Author: Gretchen E. Schafft
Astounding new information about the role of anthropologists in Hitler's efforts to create a "master race"
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978-0-252-07453-0
Publication Date: Cloth: 2004; Paper: 2007
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About the Book

From Racism to Genocide is an explosive, richly detailed account of how Nazi anthropologists justified racism, developed practical applications of racist theory, and eventually participated in every phase of the Holocaust.

Using original sources and previously unpublished documentation, Gretchen E. Schafft shows the total range of anti-human activity from within the confines of a particular discipline. Based on seven years of archival research in this country and abroad, the work includes many original photos and documents, most of which have never before been published. It uses primary data and original texts whenever possible, including correspondence written by perpetrators. Her discussions of Hitler's "final solution," Nazi slave labor, and the rape of occupied Poland evoke the full horror of the Third Reich. The concepts embedded throughout the book of "scientism," "denial," "academic responsibility," and "race" contribute to understanding some of today's most pressing social science issues.

The book also reveals that the United States was not merely a bystander in this research, but instead contributed professional and financial support to early racial research that continued through the first five years of Hitler's regime.

About the Author

Gretchen E. Schafft is applied anthropologist-in-residence at the American University in Washington, D.C.

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