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Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) Times-Leader: “Exhibit considers Nazi quest for master race”

A new exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, examines eugenics in mid-century Germany and other countries, including Norway, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and the U.S. Titled “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” the exhibit uses hundreds of photographs, video segments, and artifacts to spotlight the topic.

The exhibit will “trace eugenics’ development as a perversion of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to its Nazi justification for genocide.”

What does this have to do with creation and evolution? The article points out that the exhibit will “trace eugenics’ development as a perversion of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to its Nazi justification for genocide.” The article also points out that Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton coined the term “eugenics.” So, what is the (incomplete) story of such Darwinian eugenics as applied in Nazi Germany?

Beginning in 1939, the Nazis began euthanizing infants and children with physical and mental defects. More than 5,000 were killed between 1939 and 1945 through overdose, starvation and gassing. Between 1940 and 1941, some 70,000 institutionalized adults, largely non-Jewish Germans, were killed.

Sadly, and although most modern evolutionists distance themselves from such ideas, eugenics and “social Darwinism” are direct logical corollaries of naturalistic Darwinism. For more on this topic, see “Darwinism and the Nazi race Holocaust”, Communism and Nazism Q&As, the Racism Q&A, and the section “How have evolutionary ideas influenced the eugenics movement?” in our Morality and Ethics Q&A.


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