Ernst Rüdin and Family Studies

  • Patrick D. Hahn


This chapter details the career of Ernst Rüdin, the Swiss-born psychiatrist (and former protégé of Bleuler). Rüdin was the first Director of Genealogical and Demographic Studies at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Psychiatry and a tireless proponent of the compulsory sterilization of the “unfit.” This segues into a history of the Action T4 program for the mass murder of the mentally ill, which in turn served as the pilot program for the Holocaust.

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  • Patrick D. Hahn
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  1. 1.BiologyLoyola University MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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