Professor Ulf Schmidt

Universität Hamburg
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 120146

Research Interests

Ulf’s work has looked at the history of European eugenics and racial hygiene, especially in relation to Germany and Britain in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of the Nazi ‘euthanasia’ programme, the killing of mentally and handicapped patients during the Third Reich. He has published widely on the history of medicine during the Third Reich, the history of human experimentation, the Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial and the Nuremberg Code, and the history of medical film and propaganda. 

Ulf’s work is embedded in the historiographical tradition of social and political historians, historians of medicine and medical humanities as well as scholars of cultural history and history of science. 

Current Projects


Ulf Schmidt, Andreas Frewer, Dominique Sprumont eds. (2020), Ethical Research: The Declaration of Helsinki—Past, Present and Future of Human Experimentation (OUP, Oxford, New York, 2020) 600+ pages. ISBN: 9780190224172

Ulf Schmidt et al. eds. (2019), Propaganda and Conflict: War, Media and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century (London, Bloomsbury, 2019) 380 pages. ISBN 978-1788314039

Ulf Schmidt (2015), Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments (OUP, Oxford, 2015). 637 pages. ISBN 978-0-199-29979-9

Ulf Schmidt (2007), Karl Brandt: The Nazi Doctor. Medicine and Power in the Third Reich (Continuum Publishers, London, New York, 2007) 480 pages. ISBN 978-1-84725-031-5.

Ulf Schmidt (2004), Justice at Nuremberg: Leo Alexander and the Nazi Doctors’ Trial (Palgrave/Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2004). 386 pages (ISBN 0-333-92147-X)

Ulf Schmidt (2002), Medical Films, Ethics and Euthanasia in Germany, 1933-1945 (Matthiesen, Husum, 2002). 394 pages (ISBN 3-7868-4092-X)

Ulf Schmidt, Andreas Frewer, eds. (2007), History and Theory of Human Experimentation. The Declaration of Helsinki and Modern Medical Ethics (Franz Steiner, Stuttgart, 2007). 364 pages. ISBN 978-3-515-08862-6

Ulf Schmidt (2006), ‘Cold War at Porton Down: Informed Consent in Britain’s Biological and Chemical Warfare Experiments’, in Cambridge Quarterly for Healthcare Ethics, 15 (2006), No. 4, 366-380.

Ulf Schmidt (2005), ‘The Scars of Ravensbrück: Medical Experiments and British War Crimes Policy, 1945-1950’, German History, 23 (2005), No. 1, 20–49.

Ulf Schmidt (2001), ‘Die Angeklagten Fritz Fischer, Hans W. Romberg und Karl Brandt aus der Sicht des medizinischen Sachverständigen Leo Alexander’, in Dörner, K., Ebbinghaus, A. (ed.), Vernichten und Heilen: Der Nürnberger Ärzteprozeß und seine Folgen (Berlin, 2001), pp. 374-404. (ISBN 3-351-02514-9)