Sunday, March 11, 2007 5:43 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH – Adolf Hitler used the theory of eugenics in his quest to create a master race, legitimizing the murder of thousands deemed unfit for the German race and culminating in the genocide of 6 million Jews.

But the idea behind eugenics _ improving a population’s health through genetics _ was hardly unique to Germany, as shown by a traveling exhibit developed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and on display at The Andy Warhol Museum.

“Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race” uses 200 photographs, videotaped survivor stories and several dozen artifacts to trace eugenics’ development as a perversion of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to its Nazi justification for genocide.