This book demonstrates the historical antecedents of the Nazi crimes of genocide, eugenics, sterilization and segregation as found in American, British, and pre-Nazi German thought, practice and policy. This work should appeal to scholars interested in American, British, and German history and thought, the history of science, and the Holocaust. This study seeks to trace the development and implementation of the various Nazi crimes in Europe and to analyze these crimes in relation to certain antecedents prevalent in modern American and British history. By tracing the development and implementation of racism, romantic nationalism, and positive and negative eugenics in the history of these three nations, the author is able to demonstrate the lack of novelty in Nazi actions. Most chapters begin by considering British and American concepts relating to individual Nazi crimes before moving on to illustrate the particular developments in Germany that led to the grotesque reality of the Holocaust.
Dr. Jeremy Hugh Baron trained as a physician in Oxford, London and New York, leading to clinical and academic positions in university hospitals in London. He is the author of numerous books and articles in his biomedical field. Since 1996, Dr. Baron has held honorary posts as professorial lecturer at Mount Sinai school of medicine of New York University, and senior lecturer at Imperial College, London. His current interests include bioethics and social responsibility.
Foreword by Jeremiah A. Barondess, M.D.; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Race and Species; Biological, Cultural and Physical Degeneration; Darwinism and Eugenics; The Mentally Defective and their Segregation; Racial Eugenics and Laws of Marriage, Immigration and Citizenship; Sterilization by Castration and Ligation; Eradication of the Worthless; Genocide; Experiments on Prisoners; Afterword; Index of Persons; Index of Subjects.