Death of Eugen Fischer, Professor of Anthropology and Eugenics

Death of Eugen Fischer, Professor of Anthropology and Eugenics

Eugen Fischer
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

Eugen Fischer dies in Germany. A professor of anthropology and eugenics, he was director of the Kaiser Wilhelm institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics from 1927 to 1942.

Fischer is a staunch supporter of eugenics, something that makes him popular with the Nazi Party:

"If we simply cannot reduce costs any further, if we arrive at conditions similar to those during the war, if these persons can, in fact, no longer be held in compliance with human dignity — whereby not only food, drink, housing, and hygiene, but also medical treatment must be considered — then arises the serious, absolutely burning question for us, what can happen to curtail the burden of heredity."

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