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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A National World War II Museum exhibit about the role scientists and doctors played in the Holocaust includes a drawing copied from a brochure.
It shows a young, blindfolded couple at the edge of a jagged precipice. The German-language text says, "Don't go blindly into marriage!"
The image is in a section of the display about mainstream ideas from which Adolf Hitler's twisted policies grew.
Dr. Benjamin Sachs, dean of the Tulane University School of Medicine, said the exhibit shows "there was a slippery path toward the extermination program" and holds important lessons for today.
The traveling U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibit, "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race," will be at the New Orleans museum through mid-October. Tulane plans a series of related lectures.
The exhibit adheres to a secondary theme centered around Germany's sterilization policies leading up to the war:
Among the topics covered in the exhibit is eugenics, the concept that medicine and social programs were letting "unfit" people reproduce to humanity's detriment.
In the turbulent Europe of the 1920s and '30s, a movement spread in many countries that mentally ill or handicapped people, alcoholics and others with disabilities should be sterilized. People considered healthy and intelligent were encouraged to have large families, the base of what the Nazis framed as the creation of a master race.
A Nazi-era image in exhibit — used in schoolbooks and educational displays at the time — shows a young blond man bowed under the combined weight of a scrawny man with a flask in his pocket and a thuggish-looking man who may have been meant to represent the disabled. The caption reads, "You Are Sharing the Load! A hereditarily ill person costs 50,000 reichsmarks on average up to the age of sixty."
The Nazis enacted a forced-sterilization law in 1933.
No Holo-exhibit would be complete without a 'gassing' reference:
The movie footage includes film of German scientists using calipers to measure faces and bodies and of early experiments with gassing. In the latter footage, emaciated German psychiatric patients are made to undress, then are led into a sealed building into which auto exhaust is piped.
A video presentation and overview of the exhibit is available on the USHMM website:
http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/onl ... ymedicine/
The mobile showcase continues it's tour this October in South Dakota.