Dr Robert Jay Lifton THE NAZI DOCTORS:
                        Medical Killing and the
                            Psychology of Genocide ©
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I received valuable assistance from many libraries and archival collections. In the United States: Yale University and Columbia University libraries, New York Public Library at 42nd Street, and the Library of the New York Academy of Medicine; the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (Dina Abramowicz, librarian), the Jewish Labor Bund archives (Hillel Kempinski), and the National Archives (Robert Wolfe). In Germany: The Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich; the Ludwigsburg Zentralstelle der Landesjustizverwaltungen; and the Berlin Document Center (Diana K. Kendall and Daniel P. Simon). In Austria: the Dokumentationszentrum des Widerstandes, Vienna (Erwin Steiner, director). In Israel: the Yad Vashem Holocaust Research Center (Yitzhak Arad, Livia Rothkirchen, Hadassah Modlinger, and Danuta Dabrowska); and the Haifa Institute of Documentation for the Investigation of Nazi War Crimes (Tuvia Friedman, director). In, Poland: the Main Committee for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes in Poland (Czeslaw Pilichowski, director); and the Auschwitz Museum (which provided valuable original Auschwitz documents Kasamierz Smolen, director, and Tadeusz Iwaszko). In London: the Wiener Library (Gita Johnson).

Lily B. Finn, my assistant at Yale for twenty-two years, did more coordinate the various strands of the research than I or she can possibly recall, and then typed the entire manuscript, put it on a word processor, and saw through the revisions to the end. Lucy M. Silva, my new assistant at John Jay College/City University, did a very great deal to enable me to complete the work.

John J. Simon made the initial phone call that set the project in motion, and was a partner in dialogue during the early stages of the research. Jane Isay, with rare brilliance and generosity, edited and helped shape the original manuscript. Jo Ann Miller provided editorial advice, and she and Martin Kessler made possible the extraordinary support for the entererprise by Basic Books. Phoebe Hoss provided later manuscript editing remarkable in being as imaginative as it was meticulous. Linda Carbone sensitively guided the manuscript through production.

This study has not been easy on my family. My wife, Betty Jean Lifton, has struggled with it no less than I have, provided balance with her work on a good doctor, Janusz Korczak, all the while infusing me with the needed combinations of love and courage. Our children, Natasha and Kenneth Jay, have endured the pain of the project and at the same time made clear to their father that they understand its necessity and meaning.

This work was made possible through the assistance of a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, supplemented by grants from the Humanities Division of The Rockefeller Foundation, the New-Land Foundation, the Foundations’ Fund for Research in Psychiatry, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Holocaust Survivors Memorial Foundation, and the May W. Wise Philanthropic Fund.  
Medical Killing and the
Psychology of Genocide

Robert J. Lifton
ISBN 0-465-09094
© 1986
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