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The Nazi Ancestral Proof : Genealogy, Racial Science, and the Final Solution (Hardcover)

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How could Germans, inhabitants of the most scientifically advanced nationin the world in the early 20th century, have espoused the inherently unscientificracist doctrines put forward by the Nazi leadership? Eric Ehrenreich traces thewidespread acceptance of Nazi policies requiring German individuals to prove theirAryan ancestry to the popularity of ideas about eugenics and racial science thatwere advanced in the late Imperial and Weimar periods by practitioners of genealogyand eugenics. After the enactment of Nazi racial laws in the 1930s, the ReichGenealogical Authority, employing professional genealogists, became the providersand arbiters of the ancestral proof. This is the first detailed study of theoperation of the ancestral proof in the Third Reich and the link between Nazi racismand earlier German genealogical practices. The widespread acceptance of this racistideology by ordinary Germans helped create the conditions for the FinalSolution.


Publisher Indiana Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780253349453
SKU 204795693
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0253349451
Release Date 11/1/2007
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Number of Pages 0234
Publisher Indiana University Press
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