Charles Davenport was a prominent leader of the eugenics movement in America, and founded the Eugenics Record Office when he became Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Proponent of Nazi-Germany's eugenics policies Edit

Charles Davenport sat on the editorial boards of two influential German journals dedicated towards race hygiene, Zeitschrift für Rassenkunde und ihre Nachbargebiete and the Zeitschrift für menschliche Vererbungs- und Konstitutionslehre, both founded in 1935. In one example of his silent approval of Nazi-Germany's persecution of minority groups, Stefan Kühl's The Nazi Connection recounts how, in 1934, he ignored the pleas of a Jewish doctor from the University of Vienna (who had been previously been considered as second editor of one of the two journals, but was now rejected because of his Jewish heritage) to denounce Nazi-Germany's eugenics policies. Davenport never replied, and he appeared on the editorial board of one of the two aforementioned journals in 1939.[1]

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