Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race

Exhibition Catalog

Beginning with an essay on racial hygiene as a leading science of the Nazi regime, the book covers forced sterilization, the Kinderfachabteilungen (Special Children’s Sections), the T4 campaign – the mass murder of the sick that is seen as the precursor to the genocide of European Jews – and the decentralized murder of the sick in the later stages of the war.

The volume uses of recently discovered documents, letters, and photos to recount the fates of families whose children were victims to Nazi "euthanasia" and of others who were unable to escape forced sterilization. The book also considers the lives of the perpetrators: the doctors, nurses, and accomplices who were part of a system that sought to legitimize murder, most of whom were able to continue their careers after the war.


  • Tödliche Medizin.
    Rassenwahn im Nationalsozialismus

    (Deadly Medicine:
    Creating the Master Race)
    136 pages with approximatley 60 illustrations (mostly in color),
    Wallstein Publishing House
    Göttingen 2009

    ISBN: 978-3-8353-0468-0
    In German only

  • Editor

    Jewish Museum Berlin

  • Contributing Writers

    Gerhard Baader, Thomas Beddies, Susanne Doetz,
    Cilly Kugelmann und Margret Kampmeyer,
    Wolfgang Rose, Hans-Walter Schmuhl

  • Design

    Eggers & Diaper

  • Price

    16.90 euros

Catalogue Cover for the Exhibition "Tödliche Medizin": sculpture of multiple different eyes labeled with numbers
You can order this publication from a bookstore, or from the museum by contacting:
Janine Lehmann
+49 (0)30 259 93 410
+49 (0)30 259 93 409
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Exhibition Publications

Our temporary exhibitions have had accompanying catalogs, journals, and essay collections in various formats.

Welcome to Jerusalem

Exhibition Catalog

Eran Shakine

Exhibition Catalog A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew


Exhibition Catalog

Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture

Exhibition Catalog Transcending Tradition

In a Foreign Country

Companion booklet to the exhibition about literature from DP camps


Exhibition Catalog

Snip it!

Exhibition Catalog

Braginsky Collection

Catalog for the exhibition The Creation of the World featuring artifacts of Jewish written culture from the Braginsky Collection

Fred Stein. Paris New York

Exhibition Catalog

A Time for Everything

Rituals against Forgetting – Exhibition catalog

The Whole Truth

Special Issue for the Exhibition

R.B. Kitaj

Catalog for the exhibition about the artist R.B. Kitaj (1932–2007)

Russians Jews Germans

A catalog accompanying the exhibition Russians Jews Germans. Photographs by Michael Kerstgens from 1992 to the Present

Berlin Transit

Exhibition Catalog

Heimatkunde (How German is it?)

30 Artists' Notion of Home – Exhibition Catalog

Radical Jewish?

Special Issue for the Radical Jewish Culture Exhibition

Jewish Forced Laborers at Ehrich & Graetz

Book about forced labor at the metal and electric goods manufacturer in Berlin's Treptow district

Heroes, Freaks, and Super-Rabbis

Exhibition catalog about Jewish authors and illustrators and comics

Flight and Metamorphosis

Exhibition Catalog

Kosher & Co.

Catalog for the exhibition on food and religion containing numerous essays (with free excerpts)

Deadly Medicine

Exhibition Catalog Tödliche Medizin. Rassenwahn im Nationalsozialismus
(Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race)

Ruth Jacobi. Photographs

Exhibition Catalog

Looting Restitution

Jewish-Owned Cultural Artifacts from 1933 to the Present


Exhibition Catalog typisch! Klischees von Juden und Anderen
(Typical! Clichés about Jews and Others)

Dateline: Israel

Exhibition catalog of contemporary photography and video art

Charlotte Salomon

Exhibition Catalog Charlotte Salomon. Leben? oder Theater?
(Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theater?)

The Danube Exodus

Companion publication to the multimedia installation The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River

Home and Exile

Exhibition Catalog


Exhibition Catalog

Roman Vishniac's Berlin

Exhibition Catalog


Exhibition Catalog

Family Pictures

Exhibition Publication

Jakob Steinhardt: Der Prophet (Jakob Steinhardt: The Prophet)

A Publication by the Berlin Municipal Museum

10+5=Gott (10+5=God)

Exhibition Catalog

Carlo Levi

Exhibition Catalog Carlo Levi. Ausgewählte Werke 1926–1974
(Carlo Levi. Selected Works, 1926–1974)

"Dem Deutschen Volke" (To the German People)

The Story of the Loevy Bronze Foundry (Exhibition Publication)

Disposable Eyes

Companion publication to two photography projects, Disposable Eyes and Promised Land

Collect, Fold, Count

Museum Guide