Exploring Deadly Medicine and Eugenics


Hitler and his henchmen victimized an entire continent and exterminated millions in his quest for a co-called “Master Race;” but the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn’t originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States and cultivated in California decades before Hitler came to power. California eugenicists played an important, although little known, role in the American eugenics movement’s campaign for ethnic cleansing; and here in North Carolina, eugenicists followed suit and conducted their own forced sterilization program that lasted for fifty years.

This program will explore the Holocaust’s roots in then-contemporary scientific and pseudo-scientific thought; at the same time, teachers will examine the complex ethical issues faced today, such as how societies acquire and use scientific knowledge and how they balance the rights of the individual with the needs of the larger community. The workshop will allow participants to explore instructional strategies designed to support difficult topics in not only history and English classes, but health science classes as well. This session will be interactive, reflective, and collaborative, while building teacher capacity to create and sustain learning environments that develop and promote a more humane and informed group of citizens.



Flier-Deadly Medicine Program

Before you attend this program on March 9, you may enroll in a Canvas pre-workshop program to introduce you to this topic. You will need to contact Karen Klaich at holocaustnceast@gmail to do this. In addition to receving a certificate for .6 CEUs for attending the program, you may also receive .4 CEUs for completing the online course.

If you are unable to complete the online course, we ask that you please read/listen to the following before attending the workshop:

  1. Necessity of Darkness
  2. Obligation to Teach the Light
  3. The Horrifying Roots of Nazi Eugenics
  4. Perspectives on Medical Ethics
  5. Universe of Obligation
  6. The Path to Nazi Genocide


Please download, print, and bring the following eleven handouts for the Deadly Medicine workshop:

  1. The World Cafe Instructions
  2. The Eye of the Beholder
  3. deconstructing-the-familiar-chart
  4. deconstructing-the-familiar-worksheet
  5. Reserve Police Battalion 101
  6. Exploring Justice After the Holocaust
  7. Justice After the Holocaust Anticipation Guide
  8. Four Corners
  9. “The Two Deaths”
  10. “Assessment” (Poem)
  11. USHMM Rationale Worksheet

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Below is a list of other resources/sites you may want to review or incorporate as you teach this topic. You do not have to bring copies of these to the program.

  1. Eugenics Never Went Away
  2. NC Eugenics Victims Projected to Get Final State Compensation Payment Soon
  3. Modern Day Eugenics
  4. Deadly Medicine Website for Teachers and Students
  5. Race: The Power of An Illusion
  6. Harvard’s Eugenics Era
  7. Watch The Eugenics Crusade
  8. In the Name of Public Health-Nazi Racial Hygiene
  9. Science and Suffering:Victims and Perpetrators of Nazi Human Experimentation
  10. How American Racism Influenced Hitler
  11. What America Taught the Nazis
  12. Some Were Neighbors (Original) Photos for the USHMM’s Deconstructing the Familiar Activity
  13. UNC Law Review: The Eugenics Movement in NC

Dr. Eagan’s Powerpoints

CH 1 Intro to Eugenics

CH 3 Biological State

CH 4 Murder

CH 5 Nuremberg Trial

Karen’s (Overall) Powerpoint

Overall Powerpoint plus Chapter II-Sceince as Salvation_ Weimar Eugenics (1)

_______________________________________________________                   Program Agenda for March 9

Welcome & Logistics                                                                                         8:00-8:10am     

Introductory Video-Race: The Power of an Illusion                                     8:10-8:20 am   

The World Cafe Discussion Method                                                                8:20-8:45 am 

Chapter I: (1863-1919): Introduction to Eugenics                                       8:45-9:15am

Chapter II (1919-1933): Science as Salvation: Weimar Eugenics               9:15-9:40 am

Think-Pair-Share (The Eye of the Beholder)                                                 9:40-10:00 am

Break                                                                                                                   10:00-10:10am

Chapter III (1933-1939): The Biological State: Nazi Racial Hygiene         10:10-10:55am

Photo Analysis                                                                                                    10:55-11:25 am

The Psychology of Perpetrators                                                                      11:25-11:40 am

Lunch                                                                                                                  11:40-12:10pm

Perpetrator Jigsaw Case Study                                                                        12:10-12:30 pm

Chapter IV (1939-1945): Final Solutions: Murderous Racial Hygiene      12:30-1:10pm

Chapter V (1945-1947): The Nuremberg Trials                                            1:10-1:30pm

Exploring Justice/Anticipation Guide/Four Corners                                   1:30-1:45 pm

Chapter VI: Present Day Updates and What You Do Matters                   1:45-2:05pm

The Two Deaths/Rationale/Ink Shedding

Transitional Break                                                                                          2:05-2:15pm

Dr. Zev Harel, Holocaust Survivor                                                                 2:15-3:15pm

Closing and Evaluations                                                                                   3:15-3:30pm



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