Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
LACS: German Studies
Hygiene and Horror- The Ethical Considerations of The National Socialists' Conquest for Health and the Parallels to Contemporary Considerations and Consequences;
A Scientific Humanist Perspective
It is a long-held misunderstanding that evil has exceptional origins. Time and history have proven that evil is banal. An environment of economic crisis, extreme patriotism, and social rejection have all played an essential role in creating some of the greatest atrocities known in human history. The National Socialist (Nazi) party, which controlled the German state from 1933-1945, epitomizes evil. Infamous for its crimes against humanity, however, relatively unknown otherwise, are the origins and etiology of Nazi influence. This essay will investigate, reveal, and discuss the scientific bases of the Nazi reign and continue with the research, experiments, and ultimate discoveries of the national socialists.
Furthermore, this essay will discuss the unethical use, adoption, and exploitation of these scientific factors from seemingly "ethical" or "just" powers to their benefit. The Nazi party was not alone in its radical conquest for scientific progress. It is in the author's interest to discuss not only the national socialist approach to scientific research and discovery but also groups who, on a surface level, appear more "fair" in their ways. This investigation will highlight consequences apparent nearly a century later and allow for meaningful discussions about the complications of scientific research and its implications in the history and future directions of the scientific community.
Zacharewski, Nic, "Gesundheit, Glück und Schrecken: Der krankmachende Eroberungszug der Nationalsozialisten für die Hygiene aus wissenschaftlich-humanistischer Sicht". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2023.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/1027