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The Nazi Doctors


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* Introduction: This World Is Not This World Life Unworthy Of Life: The Genetic Cure * Sterilization and the Nazi Biomedical Vision * Euthanasia: Direct Medical Killing * Resistance to Direct Medical Killing * Wild Euthanasia: The Doctors Take Over * Participants * Bringing Euthanasia to the Camps: Action Special Treatment 14f13 Auschwitz: The Racial Cure * The Auschwitz Institution * Selections on the Ramp * Selections in the Camp * Socialization to Killing * Prisoner Doctors: The Agony of Selections * Prisoner Doctors: Struggles to Heal * Prisoner Doctors: Collaboration with Nazi Doctors * Killing with Syringes: Phenol Injections * The Experimental Impulse * A Human Being in an SS Uniform: Ernst B. * Dr. Auschwitz: Josef Mengele * Healing-Killing Conflict: Eduard Wirths The Psychology Of Genocide * Doubling: The Faustian Bargain * The Auschwitz Self: Psychological Themes in Doubling * Genocide * Afterword: Bearing Witness

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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History and National Jewish Book Award

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Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History and National Jewish Book Award

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Robert Jay Lifton is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at John Jay College and the Graduate centre of the City University of New York, and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is also director of the centre on Violence and Human Survival. Dr. Lifton is the author of many books, including The Nazi Doctors and Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima, which won the National Book Award.


"A powerful reminder not only of what happened, but of the monumental evil done by particular human beings who were trained to heal and cure."--Robert Coles, Boston Globe
"This is not only one of the most important works on medical ethics yet written. It also breaks through the frontiers of historiography to provide a convincing psychological interpretation of the Third Reich and the crimes of National Socialism. No one will be able in my view to write perceptively about those times in the future without referring to this interpretation."--Neal Ascherson, New York Review of Books
"A must read.... The book as a whole stands without competition in the English language."--Raul Hilberg, author of Destruction of the European Jews
"This profound study ranks with the most insightful books on the Holocaust."--Publishers Weekly

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