Anti-Semitism as Skill: Rudolf Virchow's Schulstatistik and the Racial Composition of Germany

  title={Anti-Semitism as Skill: Rudolf Virchow's Schulstatistik and the Racial Composition of Germany},
  author={Andrew Zimmerman},
  journal={Central European History},
  • A. Zimmerman
  • Published 1 December 1999
  • Sociology
  • Central European History
One of the major events in the history of German anti-Semitism has been, if not entirely overlooked, then misunderstood and misrepresented. In the 1870s, the professor of medicine, liberal politician, and anthropologist, Rudolf Virchow (1821–1902), directed a study of the skin, hair, and eye color of 6,758,827 German school children, a study that marked “Jews” and “Germans” as racially different and trained a generation of Germans to perceive these differences both as real and as of political… Expand

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