By Rachel E. Boaz
Explores the process improvement of German seroanthropology from its origins in global struggle I until eventually the top of the 3rd Reich. supplies an all encompassing interpretation of the way the invention of blood teams in round 1900 galvanised not just previous mythologies of blood and starting place but in addition new advancements in anthropology and eugenics within the Twenties and Thirties.
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If no differences were found between the groups in Hungary, it would undermine Hirszfeld’s hypothesis altogether. 142 Large swaths of Hungary were left depopulated by the conflict, 139 In 1919, unaware of the Hirszfelds’ simultaneous research in Salonika, Weszeczky researched the blood types of 457 Hungarians, eighty-one Romanians, and twelve Germans in Hungary. Despite the limited size of the test group, it was clear that the blood type distributions in Hungary differed from those in Germany and the United States.
Physiognomic characteristics were the “go to” variables in racial categorization, but by the early twentieth century they were under increasing scrutiny, mainly because of the possibility that they changed with environment. German anthropologist Franz Boas’s landmark study of 1914 certainly suggested as much. 89 Their findings revealed that the physiognomy of the children differed from that of their parents. Apparently, very “round-skulled” Jews were becoming “long-skulled,” and the very long skulls of Sicilians were becoming rounder over time.
106 A large proportion of these Jews, though, were not German Jews. The pogroms and increasing anti-Semitic restrictions throughout Eastern Europe and Russia created a near-constant influx of Jewish refugees into the relatively tolerant nations of Western Europe. Among those fleeing were victims of Russia’s numerus clausus, which severely limited Jewish access to university education. 107 Many of 104 Gottlieb, “Karl Landsteiner, the Melancholy Genius,” 21. 105 Efron, Defenders of the Race, 156.