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Victims and Survivors of Nazi Human Experiments: Science and Suffering in the Holocaust

Paul Weindling
Format
Book
Published
London : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015.
Language
English
ISBN
9781441179906 (hardback), 1441179909 (hardback), 9781472579935 (paperback), 1472579933 (paperback), 9781441189301 (epub), 1441189300 (epub)
Summary
"While the coerced human experiments are notorious among all the atrocities under National Socialism, they have been marginalised by mainstream historians. This book seeks to remedy the marginalisation, and to place the experiments in the context of the broad history of National Socialism and the Holocaust. Paul Weindling bases this study on the reconstruction of a victim group through individual victims' life histories, and by weaving the victims' experiences collectively together in terms of different groupings, especially gender, ethnicity and religion, age, and nationality. The timing of the experiments, where they occurred, how many victims there were, and who they were, is analysed, as are hitherto under-researched aspects such as Nazi anatomy and executions. The experiments are also linked, more broadly, to major elements in the dynamic and fluid Nazi power structure and the implementation of racial policies. The approach is informed by social history from below, exploring both the rationales and motives of perpetrators, but assessing these critically in the light of victim narratives"--
Contents
  • Exploring experiments
  • Part one. Eugenics to experiments, 1933 to 1941. Nazifying medical research
  • On the slippery slope: from eugenics to experiments
  • Nazi psychiatry : 'euthanasia' research
  • Racial research
  • First SS experiments, 1939 to 1941
  • Prisoner of war experiments --Part two. Peak years, 1942 to 1944. Experiments and extermination
  • Wartime expansion
  • Infectious threats, 1942 to 1944
  • Part Three. Targetting victims. Psychiatric patients
  • Anatomical victims
  • Gypsies
  • Jews
  • Prisoners of war and forced labour
  • Part Four. Experiments in perspective. Relentless research
  • The structure of coerced research
  • Resistance and sabotage.
Description
xviii, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-298) and index.
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