‘Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race’ educational program for high school students

“Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” a traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is coming to Central Michigan University May 14- July 1. The College of Medicine and the Museum of Cultural and Natural History invite you and your students to tour this powerful free exhibition. The tour and optional discussion will enrich students’ understanding of the Holocaust.

“Deadly Medicine” examines how Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately, genocide.

It is a powerful story that traces the Holocaust’s roots from then-contemporary science and pseudo-science of eugenics theory. Supporters spanned the globe, embracing the theory that the “survival of the fittest” could be applied to humans with controls on marriage and reproduction.

The Nazi state committed itself to implementing a uniquely racist and anti-Semitic variation of eugenics to build what it considered to be a superior race. By the end of World War II, 6 million Jews had been murdered. Millions of others also became victims of persecution and murder through Nazi “racial hygiene” programs.

“Deadly Medicine” includes components of social studies proficiency and provides an opportunity to debate them in a historical context:​

Democratic values of:
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Respect for individual worth
  • Respect for human deignity

Citizen participation:
  • Interacting, monitoring, influencing

Leadership skills:
  • Personal and social responsibility/accountability
  • Historic, geographic, civic, economic and media literacy
  • Ethical behavior
  • Global awareness

The "Deadly Medicine" tour will deal with topics related to GLCEs.

  • 7.1.3 Twentieth Century Genocide—Use various sources including works of journalists, journals, or histories, films, interviews and writings of participants to analyze the causes and consequences of genocides of Armenians, Romas (Gypsies), and Jews, and the mass exterminations of Ukrainians and Chinese.
  • 7.1.4 Global Technology—Describe technological innovations and scientific breakthroughs in medicine and warfare and analyze how they benefited and imperiled humanity.
  • 7.2.3 World War II—Analyze the causes, course, characteristics, and immediate consequences of WWII by explaining the Nazi ideology, policies, and consequences of the Holocaust.​
To schedule a tour contact the Museum of Cultural and Natural History at cmuseum@cmich.edu or 989-774-3829 or fill out and fax the ​Request Form.


​This exhibition has been made possible by The Lerner Foundation and Eric F. and Lore ​Ross, with additional support from the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990.