Hans F. K. Günther

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Hans Friedrich Karl Günther (16 February 1891 – 25 September 1968) was a German Nordicist and eugenicist. Günther's Short Ethnology of the German People (1929) was a popular exposition of Nordicism. Another book was The Racial Elements of European History (1927).

After World War II, Günther was placed in internment camps, but released after a trial, not finding him an instigator of criminal acts.

Günther continued to support eugenics in the postwar period. He rejected the politically correct view on the Holocaust.

Günther and National Socialism

There are various allegations involving Günther, eugenics, and National Socialist Germany, such as in the leftist Wikipedia, which may have various problems. See also Eugenics: National Socialist Germany.

Roger Pearson has written that Günther had not ""EVER been a National Socialist. He was specifically “denazified” (a confusing term in fact meaning that he was officially cleared of ever having been a Nazi) by the Allies after the war: he was given only a very small fine by the Allies for having been “a Fellow Traveler” of the Nazis which officially meant no more than that he could not prove that he had undertaken sufficient opposition to the Nazi authorities during their regime (ebenso wenig Widerstand in nennenswertem Umfang geleistet hatten). It is true that, having already been a most significant figure in Anthropology and race science before the Nazi’s came to power, the Nazi party conferred on him their highest award, the Goldene Parteiabzeichne. However it is a generally ignored fact that Guenther was in fact courageously public in his opposition to many Nazi policies. For example, he was known for maintaining an adversarial relationship with Himmler, even daring in 1943 to send this award back to the Parteikanzlei, publicly citing one of his protests to SS policy as his reason."[1]

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