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Lantern slide

Object | Accession Number: 1990.10.6.7

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    The lantern slide is from the holdings of the former Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin. This Institute for anthropology and genetics was one of many centers used for the study of eugenics during the Third Reich. Aside from ordering sterilization and other eugenic "procedures," medical experiments originating in euthenasia killing centers and concentration camps were also evaluated at the Institute. Such names as Von Verschuer, Fischer, and Mengele are associated with the Institute. The slide was probably used for teaching purposes. The slide contains information used to back up so-called eugenic and racial theories prevalent during the Third Reich. The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin was disbanded after World War II. In 1952, the Institute for Human Genetics at the University of Muenster was founded and appointed Dr. Otmar Von Verschuer as its director; as the former director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, he brought with him a large number of books and materials. An employee of the Institute, Dr. Irmgard Nippert, saved the slide from being disposed.
    Geography
    use: Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics; Berlin (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Irmgard Nippert

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Photographs
    Object Type
    Lantern slides (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    vertical orientation; image of oriental twin boys wearing shorts (growth of one is stunted by diabetes, same boys appear in 1990.10.6.8)
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 1.180 inches (2.997 cm) | Width: 3.150 inches (8.001 cm) | Depth: 1.570 inches (3.988 cm)
    Materials
    overall : glass, emulsion

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Topical Term
    Eugenics--Germany.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The lantern slide was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990 by Dr. Irmgard Nippert.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-25 10:09:53
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