USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


David Volper

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Professor Raymond O.Arsenault, Ph.D.

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Stephen M. Goldman


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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The years 1933-1945 were filled with great turmoil and inconsistency throughout Germany. As early as 1933, laws were enacted and passed that set in motion the sequence of events that would lead to World War II and the Holocaust. Adolf Hitler's rise to power in a country torn by inner conflict subsequently gave authority to those who adhered to the principles of eugenics, euthanasia, sterilizations, and other methods of"population control." By the late 1930s, the goal of public support of establishing a "master race" was widely accepted and lauded in Germany. While Hitler's influence and power was considerable, his master plan of establishing a single, genetically perfect race would not have gotten such support if not for the Nordic wing which was based in the Munich chapter of the eugenics movement. The Nordic wing, in the Munich chapter, viewed eugenics as Hitler did and this created the support he needed from the Nordic wing to further his own purposes as he proceeded with his master plan. When Hitler took power, the Nordic wing became the cornerstone of German views on eugenics and thus set in motion the events that would culminate in the Holocaust and the deaths of 11 million human beings. These events determined the fates of thousands of deaf victims during what is now known as the Holocaust.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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