Melvyn Conroy has been a student of the Holocaust for more than 60 years, has lectured on numerous occasions on the subject and contributed to publications both in print and online.
Among the most extended treatments of this subject to date, Melvyn Conroy's accessible study of eugenics and the so-called 'Euthanasia Programme' deserves a wide readership. Nazi Eugenics charts the mainstreaming of a dangerous and illusory utopia-the 'secular religion' of eugenic praxis in Europe and the United States-before moving onto its murderous culmination in the Third Reich under the code name T4. An important precursor and parallel to Nazism's wartime 'Final Solution to the Jewish Question', tens of thousands of disabled victims were decided, killed and plundered by many the same functionaries staffing Aktion Reinhard death camps like Belzec, Treblinka, and Sobibor. This genocidal historical development is rendered intelligible here by an independent scholar of welcome readability and admirable scope, with the latter exemplified by the detailed biographies of perpetrators and accomplices presented in the appendix. -Matthew Feldman, Professor in Contemporary History, Teesside University