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1939 | Eugenics Record Office Closes

1939 | Eugenics Record Office Closes

With the onset of WWII in 1939, eugenics continued to fall out of favor with both the public and the scientific community. Throughout the 1930s, the U.S. population began to learn of how scientists and politicians in Nazi Germany were advocating for and implementing eugenics policies, like forced sterilization, almost identical to those already in place in many states in the U.S. In fact, many historians of eugenics point out correctly that these policies provided a blueprint for Nazi scientists who were also looking to enact similar eugenics-minded policies domestically against Jews and other persecuted communities. As these horrific realities became more known, mainline eugenics became increasingly unpopular in the U.S. 

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