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In college, I took a class on Germany through the years 1914-1945. The class was great (I love to learn about Germany at that time) and when it came time to do the research paper, I asked my professor if I could write about the disabled in the Holocaust. Sadly, she didn't know the disabled were even targeted - and she was born and grew up in Germany.

I wrote the paper, but wish there was more about that subject in books. I still constantly read and look at websites about the Holocaust - it's a part of history I have always been interested in learning about.


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Sep. 7th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
I also find the Holocaust extremely interesting. That is so unfortunate that your professor didn't even know that people with disabilities were in the Holocaust. In fact, they were the first group Hitler targeted. The Law for Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring was passed before the ones against the Jews.

Here are a few books that I know of that deal with subject, if anyone is interested:

Burleigh, Michael. Death and Deliverance: Euthanasia in Germany, 1900-1945. New York:
Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Evans, Suzanne E. Forgotten Crimes: The Holocaust and People with Disabilities. Chicago:
Ivan R. Dee, 2004.

Friedman, Ina R., ed. The Other Victims: First-Person Stories of Non-Jews Persecuted by the
Nazis. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990.

Graham, Loren R. “Science and Values: the Eugenics Movement in Germany and Russia in the
1920s.” The American Historical Review 82, no. 5 (Dec. 1977): 1133-1164.

Proctor, Robert. Racial Hygiene: Medicine under the Nazis. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard
University Press, 1988.

Weikart, Richard. From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in
Germany. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004.

Weikart, Richard. “Darwinism and Death: Devaluing Human Life in Germany, 1859-1920.”
Journal of the History of Ideas 62, no. 2 (April 2002): 323-344.

Sep. 7th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the list! I used the book by Proctor for my paper, but am glad to see more books have come out (I did my paper in 1998). I'd also recommend the book In Our Hearts We Were Giants by Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev. It's a very hard to read because of the descriptions of the treatment this family endured, but it's also an interesting read.
Sep. 7th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Great! There's also a book that I didn't get to read, but it is the autobiography of a blind leader in the French resistance. I can't remember the name, but I plan to read that sometime as well.
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