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July 10, 2013

Charles M. Goethe, the Nazi lover and racist, not to be confused with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Charles M. Goethe was a famous resident of Sacramento, CA, who founded the college known as “Sac State,” which later became California State University Sacramento.  A park in Rancho Cordova, CA (near Sacramento) was formerly named Goethe Park after him.  His residence on T Street in Sacramento, designed by Julia Morgan, is a famous house, formerly know as the Goethe house.

House designed by Julia Morgen was formerly owned by Charles M. Goethe

House designed by Julia Morgan was formerly owned by Charles M. Goethe

Today, Goethe’s name is anathema to decent folks.  Charles M. Goethe, not to be confused with von Goethe, is now infamous because he was a racist and a Nazi lover.  Yesterday, I blogged about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who was a liberal and way ahead of his time.  It is O.K. to read books by von Goethe, but stay away from Charles M. Goethe, unless you want your name to be lumped in with Hitler and the dreaded Nazis.

The house, formerly known as the Goethe house, is now a private residence.  The park, formerly known as Goethe Park, was re-named River Bend Park in May 2008 because Goethe was a racist.  The Sacramento school, formerly known as Charles M. Goethe Middle School, is now called Rosa Parks Middle School.  At one time, it was suggested that the name of Goethe Park should be changed to Martin Luther King Park, but that didn’t happen.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Charles M. Goethe, who famously approved of “Nazi eugenics”:

…. The Nazi eugenics movement eventually escalated to become The Holocaust, which claimed the lives of well over 10 million ‘undesirables’, including 6 million Jews. [No source given]


Goethe also recommended compulsory sterilization of the ‘socially unfit’, opposed immigration, and praised German scientists who used a comprehensive sterilization program to ‘purify’ the Aryan race before the outbreak of World War II. Goethe also funded anti-Asian campaigns, praised the Nazis before and after World War II, and practiced discrimination in his business dealings, refusing to sell real estate to Mexicans and Asians.

Goethe believed a variety of social successes (wealth, leadership, intellectual discoveries) and social problems (poverty, illegitimacy, crime and mental illness) could be traced to inherited biological attributes associated with ‘racial temperament’.


In 2005, the university [CSUS] changed the name of its arboretum and botanic garden from the Charles M. Goethe Arboretum to the University Arboretum without fanfare because of renewed attention to Goethe’s virulently racist views, praise of Nazi Germany, and advocacy for eugenics.

On June 21, 2007, the school board of the Sacramento City Unified School District voted to rename the “Charles M. Goethe Middle School” to the “Rosa Parks Middle School”.[6]

On January 29, 2008, the Sacramento Board of Supervisors stripped his name from one of Sacramento County’s busiest parks.[7] On April 25, 2008, the Sacramento Bee reported that, with a nod from Internet voters and the county parks commission, the park will be renamed River Bend Park.[8]

Eugenics cannot be blamed upon the Nazis. Eugenics was the science of selective breeding of people, based upon the premise that mental and physical characteristics are hereditary. This was a science that was first developed in America. Eugenics was first developed around the turn of the 20ieth century, but it quickly spread, from America, to Germany and other countries in Europe.

German poster advocates Eugenics

German poster advocates Eugenics

Can you believe this?  The Germans wanted to have healthy families!!!  Bad Germans!  Retarded people and people with hereditary diseases should have a chance to have children, the same as anyone else.

During the Nazi era, Hartheim Castle in Austria was used as a place to euthenize Germans with serious mental and physical defects.  It has now been turned into a Museum with numerous exhibits.  The main focus of the Hartheim exhibits is to advocate the mainstreaming of mentally and physically handicapped children in public schools.

Germany is now planning to build a Memorial in Berlin, in honor of the people who were killed in the eugenics program.  The Memorial will be located near the Memorials for the Jews and the Gypsies.

You can read about the plans for the Memorial at

You can read about the completed Memorial for the eugenics victims of the Nazis at