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Persecution Of Disabled People In Nazi Germany

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  • misskizzymonster Kira Lee, Student at Student Thank you so much you helped me heaps with my essay 3 years ago
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  • guest2d13739 guest2d13739 my names zoe (: 4 years ago
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  • justineyan justineyan Zoe, I swore I had commented on this weeks ago! I think I typed it on word and forgot to put it on here. Oops!

    I have continually been amazed by fact, ever since this fellowship began. And, Zoe, viewing this presentation was no exception! I learned so much.

    First of all, I had an image in my mind that the Nazis just entered mental institutions and grabbed people who they deemed 'unworthy of life.' I had not known that personal doctors could make recommendations. How betrayed I might feel; how disillusioned I would be if my doctor reported by deafness as a reason for me to die! They were DOCTORS!

    And I am so bewildered that any man (Knauer) would ever request that his child be killed. This just seems utterly inhuman to me. Also, I was shocked by how the Nazi’s treated children’s lives so lightly.

    The fact that there were target figures for death is especially unsettling. I had not known that the Nazis had been so calculating, so mathematical in executing their plan: one fifth is a significant fraction. It goes to show the extent to which the Nazis utterly dehumanized the people they targeted.

    And the last quote is chilling, yet gushing with warm tears.
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  • alizabeeza alizabeeza I found myself re-reading the definition you gave for the Eugenics movement because I hadn't separated it in my mind as pertaining to that movement. Rather, Eugenics and Disability In the early 1900s, the eugenics movement the viewing of others as “subnormal, immoral, and criminal as well as a burden to society and a treat to civilization' sounds like how any perpetrator views their victim in a genocide.

    To find anyone 'unworthy of life' as Hitler's physician did the baby is quite a claim to make.

    I appreciate your closing quote about dehumanization because it speaks not only to the fact that perpetrators dehumanize their victims, but they the perpetrators are dehumanized and animalistic in the process.

    Thanks, Zoe. This was really easy to follow and very informative about something we don't hear much about!
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  • andrewdavidking andrewdavidking Zoe,

    This presentation is extremely well-crafted and well-researched. I will admit that it was very disturbing to learn about this horrible aspect of the Holocaust--and, unfortunately, just as Liat discussed, a highly under-observed aspect as well.

    It is interesting to observe how what initially started out as forced sterilization soon evolved into a sickening abuse of eugenics theory, particularly with the case of the baby and whether or not it should be allowed to live. In essence this abuse of the disabled can serve, in a sense, as a representation of the overall crimes of the Nazi regime against those they felt to be 'lesser' beings: Jews, disabled, Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah's witnesses, the list goes on.

    It is a shame that the larger public perception of the Holocaust does not more often include and disabled adults and children, not to mention homosexuals as well (whom I am currently reading about in 'The Men With The Pink Triangle').
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  • ZoeG ZoeG Hey Liat,

    Yeah, I read about that family in the book 'forbidden crimes.' Mengele was facinated with them, even taking some of them directly out of the gas chambers in order to experiment on them later. Completely horrifying.

    And yeah, it always bugs me when people say 'the six million who died in the Holocaust'. It seems to be disrespectful to the other victims, and really, it downplays the violence of the Nazi regime.
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  • LiatLitwin LiatLitwin Zoe, this is really interesting. While there is a movement to remember that 12,000,000, not 6,000,000 people perished in the Holocaust, very little effort is made to learn more aobut the specific groups that were also persecuted against (other than Jews, I mean.)

    What interested me was what you said about Mengele. I knew he did many horrible experiments on disabled, but I once read that he had a different fascination with dwarfism. I read that after sterilizing the dwarfs, he hired them to perform at various parties the Nazi's held. There was a specific family of 8 dwarfs that he used in this way for entertainment. I guess he treated them differently...

    Again, very interesting! I learned a lot, thanks!
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  • ZoeG ZoeG Just to clarify -- the quote at the end is from a letter that a deaf man wrote to the doctor who recommended him for sterilization. 5 years ago
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