This story is very interesting to me because of my fiancee. Everyone can blame or thank her for it appearing on the blog. I hope that she will post a response to this blog to clarify everything i'm going to try to say...because i know i will forget details and names and other stuff like that. This story can be found at: http://www.suntimes.com/output/health/cst-nws-nazimed25.html
What I find interesting is that such people that are well known in America and in American history were supportive of the Nazi regiem especially its scientific research dealing with the Human Genome Project and Eugenics.
What is startling is that the article talks about America having a spotty record but fails to mention any of this. I did find another article online that will help clarify some of these details and can be found at: http://www.sonic.net/~doretk/Issues/00-09%20FALL/thehuman.html
Here are a few quotes from this article that I find pertinent to this topic:
Throughout its history, the eugenics movement has advanced an agenda that if fully recognized and understood for what it is would shock most people living in our current society of relative tolerance and diversity. Prominent advocates of eugenics in the US, including the Rockefellers, Henry Ford, and Margaret Sanger, wanted the government to decide who could reproduce and how many offspring they could have; which ethnic groups should be excluded from immigrating to the US based on their alleged inferiority; and which medical and psychological conditions should qualify one for sterilization or euthanasia.
Sure doesn't sound like we were very conservative back then does it? In fact, they seemed to be very supportive of what Hitler was trying to accomplish. Of course, we blame Hitler for everything bad that happened during this time (he was wrong, did commit many attrocities, and deserves condemnation of that I agree and I'm not trying to defend him for his wrong doing) but Americans have some blame for all of this too.
Adolf Hitler publicly praised the US policy and copied many of its features for the Nazi system, which eventually resulted in the Holocaust. Due to the emerging awareness of the Holocaust after WWII and of the extent to which Hitler and Axis powers like Japan had planned to depopulate whole nations and even entire continents, the public promotion of eugenics experienced a temporary setback.
Wow, such startling words like these. I guess we truly do have to wory about ethics involved in science and medicene today. It makes me wonder...who's side would Hitler take on abortion and euthanasia? I guess Hitler would be a Pro-choice supporter today if he were alive and an American. Makes you wonder where your political party and politicians stand.