The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution (Paperback)
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The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 30/09/1997
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Tracing the rise of racist and eugenic ideologies, Henry Friedlander explores how the Nazi programme of secretly exterminating the handicapped and disabled evolved into the systematic destruction of Jews and Gypsies. He describes how the so-called euthanasia of the handicapped provided a practical model for the later mass murder, thereby initiating the Holocaust. The Nazi regime pursued the extermination of Jews, Gypsies and the handicapped based on a belief in the biological, and thus absolute, inferiority of those groups. To document the connection between the assault on the handicapped and the Final Solution, Friedlander shows how the legal restrictions and exclusionary policies of the 1930s, including mass sterilization, led to mass murder during the war. He also makes clear that the killing centres where the handicapped were gassed and cremated served as the models for the extermination camps. Based on extensive archival research, the book also analyzes the involvement of the German bureaucracy and judiciary, the participation of physicians and scientists, and the nature of popular opposition.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807846759
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 30 mm
Edition: 3rd Revised edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Never is a speculation presented without masses of material to back it up. It is a substantial book.

"Holocaust and Genocide Studies"


"If one has time to read only one book among the recent works on Nazi euthanasia, this is it.

Christopher R. Browning, "Times Literary Supplement""


Friedlander has written an excellent piece of historical research which establishes the similarities of the fates of three victim groups.

"Jewish History"


"Well researched, remarkably balanced in its judgments, and full of fresh insights. It deserves the widest possible readership.

"Journal of Modern History""


"One of the distinguishing features of this study is the meticulous description of the administration of the euthanasia program.

Gordon A. Craig, "New York Review of Books""


If one has time to read only one book among the recent works on Nazi euthanasia, this is it.

Christopher R. Browning, "Times Literary Supplement"


Well researched, remarkably balanced in its judgments, and full of fresh insights. It deserves the widest possible readership.

"Journal of Modern History"


One of the distinguishing features of this study is the meticulous description of the administration of the euthanasia program.

Gordon A. Craig, "New York Review of Books"

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