The Pros And Cons Of Race Science In Nazi Germany

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It is difficult to discuss sterilization and euthanasia in regards to the Nazi Party without also explaining the ideology of the party in regards to race science. Race science in the 21st century is now regarded as pseudoscience, used to validate or support views that are deemed racist. Unfortunately, Germany, and other nations of the time, viewed race science with confidence, and with this science as a basis, Germany euthanized or sterilized thousands of people to clean itself of impure races that could sully their Aryan blood. Eventually, through programs such as Aktion T4 and 14F13, the Nazi regime formulated a plan to eliminate the Jewish people, Endlösung, or Final Solution. After the war, and with the discovery of atrocities performed by Germany, race science was renounced by the majority of the scientific world. …show more content…
On July 14, 1933 the Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring was enacted. This law allowed the compulsory sterilization of any citizen deemed unfit by a Genetic Health Court; courts that decided if people should be forcibly sterilized. Approximately four thousand people attempted to appeal the decision of the courts, yet a majority of these appeals failed. This trend seems to continue, as of the dissolution of the Nazi regime, over 400,000 people were sterilized. To streamline the process of sterilization, in July 1934 the Law for Simplification of the Health System was enacted, which created Information Centers for Genetic and Racial Hygiene, and procedures in which to evaluate a person for sterilization. These centers gathered and registered information of people, as organized information is easily

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