, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 241–257 | Cite as

A new beginning? German medical and political traditions in the aftermath of the second world war

  • Jessica Reinisch


After 1945, the German medical community underwent a period of self-examination. The profession’s experience during the Nazi period raised profound questions concerning its ethical integrity and political allegiances. This paper considers the advent of medical nationalism, and shows how, in Berlin and in the Soviet zone of Germany, narratives were constructed to show a new and positive picture of German medicine.


Nazi Regime German Tradition Nuremberg Trial Racial Hygiene German Doctor 
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The author wishes to thank Chris Fengler from the Bundesarchiv Berlin, Susanne Knoblich from the Landesarchiv Berlin, and Wolfgang Knobloch from the Archiv der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften for their generous assistance. The author is also grateful to supervisor Andrew Warwick and to the three anonymous referees for their comments on earlier drafts of this paper; and wishes to acknowledge the help of Roy MacLeod, Editor of Minerva.

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© Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of History, Classics and ArchaeologyBirkbeck CollegeLondonUK

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