Nazism, Religion, and Human Experimentation

dc.contributor.authorLoue, Sana
dc.description.abstractMultiple factors have been identified as contributing to the willingness of physicians and scientists to participate in the development and conduct of experiments carried out on Nazi concentration camp prisoners, including the economic challenges then facing physicians, the potential for increased status and power in the Nazi government, and their own hostility toward Jews and others deemed “not worth living.” They conducted these experiments against a backdrop of their societies’ longstanding anti-Semitic sentiments, the promulgation of anti-Jewish rhetoric by Christian authorities, and the incorporation into law of increasingly severe and restrictive anti-Jewish measures and, ultimately, embraced efforts to eradicate all Jews and evidence of Jewishness. This chapter argues that religion was relevant not only to the question of who was targeted by Nazi medical policy—Jews, conceived of by the Nazis as a race rather than a religion—but also to the question of who was doing the targeting—physicians who appear to have identified religiously primarily as Christians and who interpreted Nazi dogma as congruent with their religious beliefs and teachings.en_US
dc.identifier.citationLoue S. (2020) Nazism, Religion, and Human Experimentation. In: Case Studies in Society, Religion, and Bioethics. Springer, Chamen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Linken_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtMaryland Center for Health Equity
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md)
dc.subjectHuman experimentationen_US
dc.subjectRacial hygeineen_US
dc.subjectRacial policyen_US
dc.subjectResearch ethicsen_US
dc.subjectTuskegee syphilis studyen_US
dc.subjectpositive christianityen_US
dc.titleNazism, Religion, and Human Experimentationen_US