The illustrated companion book takes up the themes of the exhibition and provides in-depth background information.
Beginning with an essay on eugenics, the most important field of science under the National Socialists, the book examines the forced sterilizations, the special children's wards, Operation T4, and the decentralized killing of the sick in the final months of the war.
Featuring recently discovered documents, letters and photos, the publication describes the fate of families who lost children to Nazi "euthanasia" programs as well as patients who were unable to defend themselves against forced sterilization.
It also takes a look at the lives of the criminals: the doctors, nurses and assistants who were part of a system that attempted to legitimize murder. Most of these medical professionals were able to pursue their careers unhindered after the war.
Rassenwahn im Nationalsozialismus
with essays by Hans-Walter Schmuhl, Gerhard Baader, Thomas Beddies, Susanne Doetz, Annette Hinz-Wessels and others
To be published in March 2009 (in German only)
Approx. 132 pages with around 60 photographs, mostly in color
Price: 16.90 euros