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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


  1. Every year from approximately 1948 to the early 1960s Mr. Goethe would send me $5.00 on my birthday along with a small type written note encouraging me to study hard.. He sent pamplets about eugenics occasionally but nothing in there suggested “catching the nearest moron and cutting his nuts” like this guy implies ….His name was never anathema to anyone then…..ah, but now politically correct lemmings like this pridefully take safe revisionist shots at him from 48 years away… this blog I’m not sure why someone would try to deny that mental and physical abilities in humans are at least to some extent inherited…obviously written by some coastal democrat who never bred dogs, chickens or any other living things..and knows nothing about the burgeoning field of reproductive genetics, genetic disease counseling, gene therapy, etc ….all things that we now use that “the bad Germans” would have appreciated also…

    Comment by Braden Cross — November 5, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

  2. You are ignorant,Charles m, Goethe was a great man,a native sacramentan who left all of his money and land to sacramento,so everyone could enjoy it,I am from r,c,,I spent my youth enjoying GOETHE park and spend my time picking up trash to keep it clean,The eugenics deal was a science that started in America,it was popular from 1900 to the 1940,during ww2 the nazis would gas mental and physical defects but it was going on everywhere.He didnt sell land to spics and gooks wanted to keep Mexicans out of California.That would be awesome.This is all because the Liberals bullshit,i would rather be a NAZI than a COMMIE and I would rather die than be a DEMOCRAT.The awesome thing is I live 4 miles from GOETHE PARK and Im starting a campaign to change it back to GOETHE.If a white man protects his own kind,hes labelled a RACIST,so according to the LEFT wing commies Im a racist.Well this racist is sick of watching my beloved america be destroyed from within unchecked illegals come in everyday our goverment is broken.SO I intend to right this wrong and restore CHARLES M. GOETHE NAME TO HIS 444 ACRES IN RANCHO CORDOVA,CA GOD BLESS US ALL Dean Michelini…..y cant everyone be ITALIAN ciao

    Comment by Dean m — July 13, 2014 @ 7:23 am

    • Who’s the moron that wrote this article?

      Comment by Me — July 18, 2015 @ 7:53 am

    • It will always be Goethe Park!

      Comment by Me — July 18, 2015 @ 7:56 am

  3. On January 29, 2008, the Sacramento Board of Supervisors stripped his name from one of Sacramento County’s busiest parks.

    Comment by Alta V. Yang — July 20, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

  4. The first phase of the renovation of Camp Mokitana – the old Camp Fire Girls camp located in River Bend (formerly Goethe) Park – was celebrated when the camp’s amphitheater was dedicated in memory of Rotarian Chandler Copps on Sept. 15.

    Comment by Darla P. Koch — July 12, 2013 @ 6:50 am

  5. Eugenics was very popular among academics across the political spectrum in the 1930s as they were begining to see the results of welfare policies which encouraged the expansion of the poor both mentally and materially. The post war domination by the left , has made the science of eugenics a taboo with the effect of a deteriorating quality of life in the western world.
    As for the Wiki article on Mr C. Goethe it demonstrates how a small army of largely Jewish Marxist academics spend many hours re writing article to fit their own agenda.

    Comment by peter — July 11, 2013 @ 1:04 am

  6. The DSS (Dept. of Double Standards) has declared Eugenics a pseudo-scientific “Nazi evil” for everyone except people from Yonkers with big honkers.

    Comment by who dares wings — July 10, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

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