By Heather Pringle
Publish yr note: First released in 2004
This version doesn't contain illustrations.
Acclaimed technology author Heather Pringle uncovers the real tale of the scientists and archaeologists Heinrich Himmler deployed to discover facts for his theories of a prehistoric Aryan grasp race.
What occurs whilst technological know-how falls prey to a political agenda?
Pre-history, in accordance with Heinrich Himmler, needs to be re-written. Himmler, the manager of the SS and architect of the Nazi community of demise camps, used to be keen about re-writing historical past. He was once confident that archaeologists had lengthy missed the nice accomplishments of historical Germanic peoples. Himmler believed that Germany's ancestors – the tall, blue-eyed, blond-haired Aryans – had developed no longer within the savannahs of Africa with the remainder of humanity, yet within the icy barrens of the Arctic. There, sophisticated and distilled through normal choice in a sour land, they'd develop into an invincible grasp race. yet a few 12,000 years in the past, theorized Himmler, a traditional cataclysm shook the earth, decimating the scattered Aryan colonies and now, purely in pick out elements of the area – so much significantly northern Europe – did a few precise Aryan blood remain.
Himmler's historical past was once natural fiction, yet his conviction was once unshakable. In 1935 he based the 'Ahnenerbe' – a learn institute to fabricate archaeological facts for political reasons – appointed himself president, and set approximately recruiting a weird and wonderful mixture of adventurers, mystics, careerists and respected archaeologists to aid write a brand new bankruptcy within the old heritage of the Aryan race. Expeditions went despatched out to Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Greenland and past, each one sponsored through the facility of the 3rd Reich to achieve this weird and wonderful medical dream.
'The grasp Plan' is additionally an disclose of the German scientists and students who allowed their learn for use to justify extermination – lots of whom resumed their educational positions at war's end.
Intensely compelling and comprehensively researched, 'The grasp Plan' is a narrative of fable and extra; of medical and political abuse on a world scale. It has the entire strength of an event, but additionally the chilling fact of a terrifying episode in 20th century history.
Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (2007)
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46 Hitler’s racist views also extended to the idea of providing space for Germany to expand. 47 This philosophy meant that Germany had to ﬁnd living space (Lebensraum) in Eastern Europe at the expense of the lesser races living there. Lack of space for a revitalized Germany would mean that Germany’s ability to be a world power would be endangered. 48 Hitler and leaders of the Nazis made secret plan to seize political power in Germany and carry out Hitler’s dream of ridding Germany of Jews. 49 These documents had been found at a farm, the Bornheimer Hof, in Hesse.
People had also begun to notice the disappearance of the elderly. 125 Then Bishop Count von Galen preached against euthanasia of mental patients in Mu¨nster on August 3, 1941, in a sermon in the St. 126 Hitler’s verbal order ended the ofﬁcial liquidation of the incurably ill and handicapped on August 24, 1941. 127 The major difference was that the patients were no longer killed by gassing but by starvation and drugs. 129 Jews had not been targeted in the original euthanasia program, but they ultimately became a part of it.
106 Then, in comments to Dr. 108 After discussion by Hitler and Nazi medical authorities, the decision was made to proceed in the event of war in 1939. 110 Questionnaires were sent to doctors and nurses all over Germany to ﬁnd candidates for the program. Again a three-doctor panel modeled on the Binding-Hoche recommendation was set up to decide individual cases. The ﬁrst phase of the euthanasia program was to be rid of defective children up to age three. Children selected by panels of the Committee for the Scientiﬁc Treatment of Severe, Genetically Determined Illness were ordered into institutions where they were put to death.