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Title The Kaiser Wilhelm Society under national socialism / [edited by] Susanne Heim, Carola Sachse, Mark Walker
Published New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 477 pages) : illustrations
Contents The Kaiser Wilhelm Society under National Socialism / Susanne Heim, Carola Sachse, and Mark Walker -- Sect. I. Research and personnel policies A success story? highlighting the history of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society's general administration in the Third Reich / Rüdiger Hachtmann -- "No time to debate and ask questions"--forced labor for science in the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, 1939-1945 / Bernhard Strebel and Jens-Christian Wagner -- Adolf Butenandt between science and politics: from the Weimar Republic to the Federal Republic of Germany / Wolfgang Schieder -- Sect. II. Racial research. Brain research and the murder of the sick: The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Brain Research, 1937-1945 / Hans-Walter Schmuhl -- Two hundred blood samples from Auschwitz: A Nobel laureate and the link to Auschwitz / Achim Trunk -- Racial purity, stable genes, and sex difference: gender in the making of genetic concepts by Richard Goldschmidt and Fritz Lenz, 1916 to 1936 / Helga Satzinger -- Sect. III. Eastern research, living space, breeding research. Kog-Sagyz--a vital war reserve / Susanne Heim -- Raw and advanced materials for an autarkic Germany: textile research in the Kaiser Wilhelm Society / Günther Luxbacher -- Political networking and scientific modernization: botanical research at the KWI for biology and its place in National Socialist Science Policy / Bernd Gausemeier -- Sect. IV. Military research. Ideology armaments, and resources: The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Metal Research and the "German metals," 1933-1945 / Helmut Maier -- Calculation, measurement, and leadership: war research at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Fluid Dynamics, 1937-1945 / Moritz Epple -- Chemical weapons research in National Socialism: The collaboration of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institutes with the military and industry / Florian Schmaltz -- Nuclear weapons and reactor research at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics / Mark Walker -- Sect. V. The postwar "politics of the past". "Whitewash culture": how the Kaiser Wilhelm/Max Planck Society dealt with the Nazi past / Carola Sachse -- The predecessor: the uneasy rapprochement between Carl Neuberg and Adolf Butenandt after 1945 / Michael Schüring
Summary "During the first part of the twentieth century, German science led the world. The most important scientific institution in Germany was the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, including institutes devoted to different fields of scientific research. Because these institutions were not connected to universities, researchers in them were not burdened by teaching obligations and enjoyed excellent financial and material support. When the National Socialists came to power in Germany, all of German society, including science, was affected. The picture that previously dominated our understanding of science under National Socialism from the end of the Second World War to the recent past--a picture of leading Nazis ignorant and unappreciative of modern science and of scientists struggling to resist the Nazis--needs to be revised. This book surveys the history of Kaiser Wilhelm Institutes under Hitler, illustrating definitively the cooperation, if not collaboration, between scientists and National Socialists to further the goals of autarky, racial hygiene, war, and genocide."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 419-467) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Kaiser Wilhelm-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften.
National socialism and science -- Germany.
Science and state -- Germany -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Heim, Susanne, 1955-
Sachse, Carola, 1951-
Walker, Mark, 1959-
ISBN 0511534337 (electronic bk.)
0511576358 (electronic bk.)
9780511534331 (electronic bk.)
9780511576355 (electronic bk.)