'The Most Unkindest Cut of All': Castration, Homosexuality and Nazi Justice

  title={'The Most Unkindest Cut of All': Castration, Homosexuality and Nazi Justice},
  author={Geoffrey J. Giles},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={41 - 61}
  • G. Giles
  • Published 1 January 1992
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Contemporary History
During the course of the Third Reich some 400,000 people were deemed unworthy of having children and sterilized. Recent research has begun to uncover the extent of these appalling abuses committed not by nazi thugs, but by respectable physicians.2 In the University Clinic at Freiburg im Breisgau, over one thousand women were forcibly sterilized during this period.3 These 'crimes against humanity' are not such that can be blamed on a relatively small number of fanatics in the SS. Sterilization… 
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