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The Third Reich, Nursing, and AJN

LAGERWEY, MARY DEANE PHD, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: August 2009 - Volume 109 - Issue 8 - p 44-49
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000358496.14549.d9
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German nurses were complicit in the Holocaust, and this journal failed to report it. The author examines AJN's coverage of the Third Reich and the postwar years, comparing it with that of other popular and professional publications. She argues that in the interest of promoting international cooperation and an image of nursing unity, AJN shirked its duty to hold German nurses accountable. The relevance of such historical analysis to the current debate on the role of nursing during wartime is also discussed.

An examination of AJN's coverage of the Third Reich and the postwar years, comparing it with that of other popular and professional publications.

Mary Deane Lagerwey is an associate professor at the Western Michigan University Bronson School of Nursing in Kalamazoo.

Contact author: mary.lagerwey@wmich.edu.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.