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History of Eugenics and the Persecution of the Jewish People

  1. Feb 4, 2005 #1
    I recently came across a Jewish newspaper and they had a very interesting article on the history of eugenics and the persecution of the Jewish people:

    History, Eugenics, And The Jews
    Posted 5/13/2004

    By John Glad

    The September 12, 2003 issue of The Jewish Press carried an article by
    Edwin Black tarring the American eugenics movement with the brush of
    National Socialism and genocide.

    In Israel itself many eugenic measures have become widely accepted.
    There are now more fertility clinics per capita there than in any other country in the world. Surrogacy was legalized in 1996. In vitro fertilization and embryo transfer are preferred by some rabbis as a form of fertility treatment that does not violate the literal halachic precepts against adultery. And, although human reproductive cloning is currently not permitted because the technology is not yet considered safe, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel sees no inherent religious interdiction in reproductive cloning as a form of treatment for infertility.

    Eugenics is popularly presented as the ideology of the Holocaust and is an object of intense vilification, leading the Jewish philosopher and Zionist Leo
    Strauss to coin the maxim "reductio ad Hitlerum": Hitler believed in eugenics, X believes in eugenics, therefore X is a Nazi.

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    Complete article at http://www.thejewishpress.com/news_article.asp?article=3719 [Broken]
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  3. Feb 4, 2005 #2
    Can a moderator please fix the title of this thread and change it to "History of Eugenics and the Persecution of the Jewish People." Thanks.
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