History And Political Leaders During World War II

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Before World War II began, Hitler had already began to spread his ideology of cleansing the German state of Jews and other peoples deemed unwanted by the Nazis. After World War I, nearly two million German men had been killed and political leaders and doctors were concerned about the falling birth rate of the population (Finley-Croswhite, 2014, slide 6; In this paper I am using APA style). Scientists and political leaders were concerned about the economic state of Germany and believed that biological interference, or racial hygiene, was the answer to their country’s worsening population issue. The study of eugenics had begun in the late 19th century (Finley-Croswhite, 2014, slide 3). By the 1930s eugenicists encouraged woman they considered to be genetically healthy to produce children while they discouraged women they considered racially inferior from having children. Eventually, laws were enforced that led to the mass sterilization of all racially inferior people. (Finley-Croswhite, 2014, slide 4). A primary goal of Hitler’s regime was to cleanse Germany of unfit, diseased peoples and build a population of strong, healthy Aryans. In order to accomplish this goal, Hitler had to focus a large portion of his efforts on Germans, and soon after, primarily Jewish men and women. The purpose of this paper is to explore the treatment of Jewish women by the Nazis during the Holocaust with regard to sterilization, pregnancy, and sexual abuse, and to identify the unethical
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