Ernst Rüdin: Hitler’s Racial Hygiene Mastermind

  title={Ernst R{\"u}din: Hitler’s Racial Hygiene Mastermind},
  author={Jay Joseph and Norbert A. Wetzel},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
Ernst Rüdin (1874–1952) was the founder of psychiatric genetics and was also a founder of the German racial hygiene movement. Throughout his long career he played a major role in promoting eugenic ideas and policies in Germany, including helping formulate the 1933 Nazi eugenic sterilization law and other governmental policies directed against the alleged carriers of genetic defects. In the 1940s Rüdin supported the killing of children and mental patients under a Nazi program euphemistically… 
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