An exhibition which chronicles the systematic efforts by Hitler’s regime to eliminate the “unfit” and create a so-called “master race.” has gone on show in the German city of Dresden. “Deadly Medecine” was created by the Holocaust Memorial Museum in the United States. It is now on loan to the German Museum of Hygiene. “This building was a top propaganda site for racial purity during the Nazi era. The exhibition offers a good opportunity to work with young people to familiarise them with xenophobia and racial hatred,” said director Klaus Vogel.
It is thought thousands of frail children were killed as part of the Third Reich’s euthanasia program. “It shows how that profession was completely corrupted in the name of higher ideas about human perfection. And I think it reveals a lot about this history but also about human nature.” said Sara Bloomfield from the US Museum.
The exhibition follows the development of eugenics, a pseudoscience which claimed to improve the human species by controlling heredity. More than 200,000 physically and mentally disabled people were murdered by the Nazis from 1933.