Eugenics: Scientific Fascism
During the era of the Second World War, America held itself up on a pedestal as a sacred defender of freedom in the face of authoritarianism across the globe, whether it be fighting the Nazis and their racially-based ideals in the European Theatre of war or the aggressive and militaristic Japanese in the Pacific Theatre. However, unbeknownst to the majority of the American populace in that time and even now, the Nazis received much of their inspiration for creating a racially pure Germany from American proponents of eugenics. In his book outlining his philosophy on the world, Adolf Hitler displayed a familiarity with American Eugenics having said, “There is today one state in which at least weak beginnings toward a better conception (of immigration) are noticeable. Of course, it is not our model German Republic, but the United States. (Black)” In addition, the Rockefeller Institute donated over $400,000 (1) ($4 million today) to many German researchers and funded the creation of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Psychiatry (named for another wonderful German leader), where future Nazi doctor Ernst Rudin, one of the architects of Nazi Germany’s forced sterilizations and clinical killings was on staff. The infamous doctor Josef Mengele was on the staff of Otmar Frieharr von Verschuer, who became a member of the American Eugenics Society, and tried to rebrand himself as a genetic researcher after the war. The Rockefeller Institute never knew about these 3 Degrees of Mengele, and had severed their funding by 1939. However, as we’ve seen, the damage was done and the Nazi genocide machine was already warming up.
- Black, E. (2003, November 9). Eugenics and the Nazis — The California Connection. SFGate.