The movement that inspired the Holocaust
1,143,917 views | Alexandra Minna Stern and Natalie Lira • TED-Ed
Since ancient Greece, humans have controlled populations via reproduction, retaining some traits and removing others. But in the 19th century, a new scientific movement dedicated to this endeavor emerged: eugenics. Scientists believed they could improve society by ensuring that only desirable traits were passed down. Alexandra Minna Stern and Natalie Lira detail the history of eugenics in the US. [Directed by Héloïse Dorsan-Rachet, narrated by Christina Greer, music by Stephen LaRosa].