Aired: July 11, 2015

The Doctors of Nazi Germany

In this hour, we examine Germany in the 20th century, from the subversion of its finest doctors in the Nazi era to the divisions within German culture after the fall of the Berlin Wall. We’ll also hear the little-known story of German POWs in America during WWII, and we’ll take a look at Germany’s colonial past in Africa.

  • Doctors of Nazi Germany (16 min.)

    With: Theodore Reiff, Christopher Newport University

    In the late 19th century, German medical practices were considered to be the best in the world. But by the start of World War II, a number of German physicians were directly involved in the mass killings of the Holocaust.

  • German POWs in America (11 min.)

    With: Charles Ford, Norfolk State University, and Jeffrey Littlejohn, Sam Houston State University

    During WWII, there were more than 400,000 German prisoners of war in 700 camps across America. We hear the story of the 4,000 German prisoners held in Huntsville, Texas and efforts to “de-Nazify” them.

  • The Legacy of the Wall (12 min.)

    With: Jason James, University of Mary Washington

    More than 20 years after Germans tore down the Berlin Wall, they are still negotiating how to deal with the stigmas of a formerly divided country. We look at how those divisions persist within German culture—between the “good” former West Germans and the “bad” former East Germans.

  • Germany in Africa (20 min.)

    With: Christian Davis, James Madison University

    In the years leading up to World War I, Germany joined other world powers in colonizing parts of Africa. We look at the relationship between the racial subjugation that occurred in Germany’s African colonies and the rise of an anti-Semitic movement back home—a movement that would later form the ideological core of Nazism.



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