Book Reviews of The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide

The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide
The Nazi Doctors Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide
Author: Robert Jay Lifton
ISBN-13: 9780465049059
ISBN-10: 0465049052
Publication Date: 8/2000
Pages: 576
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Basic Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Chilling description of some German doctors and their involvement in the final solution. Well researched and well written. From the review on Amazon.com- " This extraordinary work analyzes the terrible, seemingly contradictory phenomenon of doctors becoming agents of mass murder. With chilling power, it limns the Nazi transmutation of values that allowed medical killing to be seen as a therapeutic healing of the body politic. Based on arresting historical scholarship and personal interviews with Nazi and prisoner doctors, the book traces the inexorable logic leading from early Nazi sterilization and euthanasia of its own citizens to mass extermination of European Jews and other "racial undesirables." Ultimately the book asks how doctors rationalized being "killer-healers." Lifton's responsea multifaceted evaluation of genocide, of the seductive power of Nazi ideology, and of the psychological process of "doubling"is both profound and thought-provoking. A remarkable achievement; it is essential reading. Benny Kraut, Judaic Studies Dept., Univ. of Cincinnati"
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This is a hard review since you really don't love this book more like the information is so interesting and that is what you love about it. It is so well written and researched in the information that is presented. Helps you understand how the process of the experiments and testing was developed and implemented and used on anyone they (Dr's.) deemed unfit to live. Chilling in the calculation of peoples lives and what makes them worth living. Very disturbing and hopefully we as a whole have learned from that time in history.