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Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race

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Image: Calipers. Deutsches Historisches, Museum, Berlin.

Traveling Exhibition

International Hygiene Exhibition, 1911 promotional poster: The eugenics movement pre-dated Nazi Germany. A 1911 exhibition at the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden included a display on human heredity and ideas to improve it. The exhibition poster features the Enlightenment’s all-seeing eye of God, adapted from the ancient Egyptian “Eye of Ra,” symbolizing fitness or health. Credit: Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
Deadly Medicine:
Creating the Master Race

October 25, 2012 - January 6, 2013
USD University Libraries, 2nd Floor West.
Free and open to the public during library hours.



Trau keinem Fuchs
Trau keinem Fuchs
Carol A. Leibiger

"Of Foxes and Poisonous Mushrooms: Julius Streicher and German Children's Literature in Support of National Socialist Racialist Politics"
November 6, 7-8 p.m. & November 8, 3-4 p.m.
USD University Libraries, 2nd Floor.   

 “You Are Sharing the Load! A Hereditarily Ill Person Costs 50,000 Reichsmarks on Average up to the Age of Sixty,” reproduced in a high school biology textbook by Jakob Graf. The image illustrates Nazi propaganda on the need to prevent births of the “unfit.” Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
David I. Burrow

"Eugenics and the Nazi Conscience"
November 13, 3-4 p.m.  
November 15, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. & 7-8 p.m. 
USD University Libraries, 2nd Floor.

  • Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, a traveling exhibition produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, uses photographs, graphic reproductions of objects and documents, and film footage to present history in such a way that allows visitors to examine themselves, their decisions, and their actions in both personal and professional contexts. 
  • Deadly Medicine examines how Nazi leaders, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and genocide. From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to "cleanse" German society of people viewed as biological threats to the nation's "health." Enlisting the help of physicians and other medically trained scientists, the Nazis developed racial health policies that started with the mass sterilization of "hereditarily diseased" persons and ended with the near annihilation of European Jewry.
  • For more information about the exhibition, the lectures, 6-12th grade curriculum opportunities, and to schedule tours and associated programming, contact Danielle De Jager-Loftus at, Abby Moore at, or see

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibitions program is supported in part by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the
National Endowment for the Humanities