Opening Reception - Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately, genocide.
From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to “cleanse” German society of people viewed as biological threats to the nation’s “health.” Enlisting the help of physicians and medically trained geneticists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists, the Nazis developed racial health policies that started with the mass sterilization of “hereditarily diseased” persons and ended with the near annihilation of European Jewry.
Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race traces this history from the early 20th-century international eugenics movement to the Nazi regime’s “science of race.” It also challenges viewers to reflect on the present-day interest in genetic manipulation that promotes the possibility of human perfection.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM. Free and open to the public.
Join us for the opening reception of Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. Tours of the exhibition will be available during the evening. Museum is located at 1524 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL. Accessible entrance, ramps and elevator is available.