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The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics

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Transcript of The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics

Eugenics
the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics)
History
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The concept of the master Nordic race did not originate with Hitler.
It in fact was created by the United States and was cultivated in California, decades before Hitler came to power.
California eugenicists played an important but very little know role in the American eugenics movement's campaign of ethnic cleansing.
They were determined to wipe away all human beings deemed "unfit" preserving only those who conformed to a Nordic stereotype.
Policies of forced sterilization and segregation laws as well as marriage laws.
California became the epicenter of the American eugenics movement.
Before World War II nearly half of forced sterilizations were done in California.
The Rise of Hitler
Hitler studied American eugenics laws.
Although he had his own hatred towards all races the intellectual outlines of the eugenics Hitler adopted in 1924 were MADE IN AMERICA.
Hitler even wrote a fan letter to American eugenics leader calling it his "bible".

The Nation's social services agencies and association became advocates for the movement.
The Rockefeller Foundation helped found the German eugenics program and even funded the program that Josef Mengele (Angel of Death) worked in before he went to Auschwitz.

The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics
Nazi Eugenics
The traits that were desired were considered to be : White, blond-haired, blue eyed. Otherwise known to be called the "Master Nordic Race"
Eugenics was born around the Victorian Age.

"If talented people only married other talent people, the result would be measurably better offspring" (Sir Francis Galton).
A suggested method of eugenicide in American was a "lethal chamber" (gas chambers).
In 1918 the Army disease specialist during WWI co-wrote a textbook "Applied Eugenics".
The text had a chapter called "Lethal Selection"
Lincoln, Illinois. -Tubercular Cows
30-40% annual death rates resulted.
California lead the nation in all sterilizations. Up to 9,782 individuals mostly women.
In 1934 Germany's sterilization was beyond 5,000 per month.
"The Germans are beating us at our own game."
1926 Rockefeller had donated to hundreds of German researchers.
1940 thousands of Germans were gassed and between 50,000-100,000 were eventually killed.
Mengele- twins research-Auschwitz
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