Reopening the Darkest Chapter in German Science

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Science  02 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5471, pp. 1576-1577
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5471.1576

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BERLIN-- As historians dig up disturbing new details about the complicity of German researchers in Nazi-era crimes, officials are calling for full disclosure of the tainted past of leading scientific institutions. Last month, a meeting, sponsored by the country's main science granting agency, was held here on "Interactions, Continuities, and Inconsistencies From the Late Empire to the Early German Federal Republic/Democratic Republic." And new evidence suggests that the cover-up of certain Nazi-era abuses, and the postwar scientific community's embrace of dozens of tainted researchers, was more widespread than previously imagined.