The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics, 1927-1945: Crossing Boundaries
From its founding in 1927 until its dissolution in 1945, the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Genetics, and Eugenics (KWI-A) in Berlin-Dahlem transgressed many a boundary; indeed, the transgression of boundaries was in a sense its raison d’être from the outset. Initially this applied to the boundaries within the disciplinary canon of the human sciences. Even from its basic conception, the institute, centered around the person of its founding director Eugen Fischer (1874– 1967), was to unify anthropology, genetics, and eugenics under one roof. In ke- ing with the understanding predominant in Germany between the wars, anthropology went beyond the scope of the framework of the ascendant “race theory” to cover not only physical anthropology, including paleoanthropology, but also elements of what we today would call cultural and social anthropology. Thus, this anthropology extended far into the fields of archeology, paleontology, prehistory and early h- tory, history and sociology, and especially into ethnology and folklore. Human genetics, in turn, was more than the attempt to apply to humans the genetics dev- oped by Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866–1945) and his school in the USA on the model of drosophila. In Germany, Morgan’s genetics, which concentrated on investigating the dissemination of genetic traits on the chromosomes and their morphological structure, was received with skepticism for two reasons.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
86 A Münster Abel anthropology assistant Auschwitz BArch bastards Baur Bericht Berlin biography camp clinical Conti Dahlem Department Dept Diehl director doctoral student Ernst Rüdin Erwin Baur Eugen Fischer Eugenik euthanasia experiments expert opinions Frankfurt Fritz Lenz genes genetic biology genetic health Genetic Psychology German Society Gottschaldt Grebe Groß Gütt Gypsy GzVeN hereditary heredity heterochromia Horneck human genetics ibid idem institute in Dahlem institute’s Jewish Jews Kaiser Wilhelm Institute Klee Koblenz KWI-A lecture Loeffler Lösch Magnussen Mengele mental MPG Archive Muckermann Munich Nachtsheim National Socialist NSDAP Office Otmar von Verschuer pairs of twins performed Personenlexikon phenogenetics physician political population Prussian question quote rabbits Race Biology race hygiene race policy Race Science Rasse Rassenhygiene zur Humangenetik Reich Ministry scientific scientists skull social Society for Race sterilization Tätigkeitsbericht Telschow tion tuberculosis twin method twin research University Untersuchungen Weimar Republic Wissenschaft
Page xiv - SD Sicherheitsdienst (Security Service) SPD Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Social Democratic Party of Germany) SS...