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The Nazi State of the Third Reich is clearly defined by racial theory put into practice One reading Burleigh and Wippermans book The Racial State learns of these different racial theories and how they are implemented under Adolf Hitler in the Third Reich As one learns when reading The Racial State Adolf Hitlers eugenic and racial-hygienic theories were not original Theorists long before his time wrote of the same racist theories Hitler never mentions any of these theorists in his work but one can see when reading The Racial State that the horrific acts that occurred during the Third Reich reflected the ideas of these theorists Theorist Alfred Grotjahns believed that in order to achieve social hygiene those who did not fit the social criteria of the state should be isolated that in order to achieve social hygiene Those that did not fit the social criteria of the state should be isolated and sterilized to eventually destroy these races These people included the insane the work shy alcoholics those carrying diseases and accident victims Zoologist Ernst Haekel shares this view with his theory that the central races were superior and in order to maintain their superiority those who were sick and not perfect within the group needed to be exterminated to maintain this perfection within their race These were only theories of theirs mere words on a piece of paper but one sees this actually come into practice in the Third Reich Hitler succeeded at having those sterilized who were not to his standards and as described by Grotjahn as healthy germans In 1934 the Heredity Disease Progeny Act came into legislation in Germany As Burleigh and Wipperman explain This permitted the compulsory sterilization of persons suffering from a series of allegedly heredity illnesses as well as alcaholicspg48 Hitler also isolated the ill from the rest of Germany in concentration camps Theories about the extermination of the ill were not the only
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