Professor Millet in Smithsonian Magazine

Tuesday, October 03, 2017
smithsonian magazine

Department of Jewish Studies Professor Kitty Millet was interviewed by a Smithsonian Online reporter for an article about Nazi zoology and its pertinence to Holocaust studies. The article focused on Nazi zookeeper Lutz Heck, who ransacked German and Polish zoos as part of a breeding program designed to recreate extinct game animals with a supposed connection to ancient Aryan heritage. "The assumption was that the Nazis were the transitional state to the recovery of Aryan being," Millet said in the article, adding that Heck felt his experiments were necessary because "nature had to be transformed from a polluted space to a Nazi space."