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Epidemics and Genocide in Eastern Europe, 1890–1945

Paul Weindling


How did typhus come to be viewed as a ‘Jewish disease’ and what was the connection between the anti-typhus measures during the First World War and the Nazi gas chambers and other genocidal medical practices in the Second World War? This book provides valuable new insight into the history of German medicine in its reaction to the international fight against typhus and the perceived threat of epidemics from the East in the early part of the 20th century. It examines how German bacteriology became increasingly racialised, and how it sought to eradicate the disease by eradication of the perceived ... More

Keywords: typhus, Judaism, First World War, Second World War, Nazis, epidemics, racism, delousing, Holocaust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Weindling, author
Oxford Brookes University