James Watson at the former Kaiser Wilhelm Institute
In the late 1920s, eugenics was gathering steam in Germany - with help from America. In 1927, the Rockefeller Foundation provided funds for the constructon of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Genetics, and Eugenics in Berlin. The director, appropriately named Eugen Fischer, collaborated with Charles Davenport in the management of the International Federation of Eugenics Organizations. On the occasion of the International Eugenics Congress in Rome, in 1929, they drafted a memo to Mussolini encouraging him to move ahead on eugenics with "maximum speed." In 1936, Harry Laughlin's contributions to race hygiene in Germany were recognized with an honorary degree from the University of Heidelberg. (DNAi location: Chronicle > In the Third Reich > Taking the torch)
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James Watson at the former Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. Source: Jan Witkowski, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
James Watson talks about a plague outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute.
James Watson talks about eugenics loses favor in the U.S., but gains support in Nazi Germany .
James Watson talks about the connection between American eugenics and Nazi Germany.
Eugen Fischer, director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Genetics, and Eugenics, with Max Planck.
Charles Davenport, 1925, and Eugen Fischer, about 1938.
Kaiser Wilhelm Institute plaque.
Otmar von Verschuer examines hair color of twin boys. Source: Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin-Dahlem.
Otmar von Verschuer performing lung volume tests on twin boys, 1928. Source: Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin-Dahlem.