Lest We Forget: Website Recalls Horrors of Eugenics
The American Holocaust Museum has a website, “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race.” It discusses how Hitler’s Germany depended on currently popular scientific ideas of eugenics to try to create a master race, and in the process, eliminate the unfit – millions of them. The website was mentioned in Science this week.
The website profiles 10 scientists who cooperated with Hitler’s regime and legitimized it with science. Did you know Josef Mengele had two doctor’s degrees? He sent countless victims to their deaths, and even ordered some killed just so he could harvest their organs for study. Hitler and his scientists were not amoral, but considered themselves very moral: abiding by what they believed were laws of science, rooted in evolutionary theory. The cold cruelty of these murderers who committed such unspeakable horrors is all the more frightening when we consider that many were scholars and intellectuals, following the dictates of their twisted moral philosophy based on bad science rooted ultimately in Darwinian ideas. Spend some time reading and thinking about these stories. As long as evolutionary thinking still holds the reins of power, don’t think for a moment it could never happen again.