Gretchen E. Schafft's Racism To Genocide

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The structionalists’ side of the argument is further contributed by Gretchen E. Schafft in her book Racism to Genocide. While, all other sources that have been mentioned argue points to show how the scientists are not totally accountable. Gretchen opposes their arguments and confirms that the scientists are to be held accountable for the deeds committed during the war. Gretchen mentions throughout her book that the German scientists informed the Nazi Political views and help shape the German Reich to form rational, unified homogenous state . Gretchen states, that while Hitler was fighting for power, he found ideas that he needed already in place. He lent his authority to the racist ideology, and the scientists gave him their prestige and their allegiance . However, Schafft hardest challenge came when trying to figure out why only one Anthropologists was prosecuted before a court. She came to the conclusion that since Mengele was the easiest target…show more content…
The book shows a compelling side of the debate by ultimately arguing that the scientists were following the international push in eugenics and that the political government took that project a couple steps too far. Kühl arrives at these conclusions by using quotes and evidence like when Hitler referred to an American eugenics book called Passing of the Great Race and called it his bible. No matter, this book has a great strength which is that it’s the most detailed book on this matter . Nevertheless the weakness of the book lies in the fact that it does not give historical background or the social implication on the matter. However, this book is a great source in looking at the argument that shows some accountability of the scientists towards the crimes they committed but adding a twist to it saying that they followed the international

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