Death and Deliverance: Euthanasia in Germany c. 1900-1945 by Michael Burleigh

By Michael Burleigh

Among 1939 and 1945 the Nazis systematically murdered as many as 200,000 mentally in poor health or bodily disabled humans whom they stigmatised as 'life unworthy of life'. This complicated and covert sequence of operations used to be referred to as the 'euthanasia' programme. It supplied a few of the body of workers and the technical services later deployed within the 'Final Solution'. this can be the 1st full-scale research in English of the 'euthanasia' programme. It considers the function of all these focused on those regulations: bureaucrats, medical professionals, nurses, wellbeing and fitness officers, attorneys, clerics, and in addition mom and dad, kinfolk, and the sufferers themselves. utilizing a wealth of unique archival fabric, it highlights the various ethical concerns inquisitive about a manner that's profoundly disquieting. The ebook concludes through exhibiting the convenience with which the various perpetrators filtered again into German society after 1945.

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Honhocffcr was and remains a controversial figure, and this passage from open to several interpretations. Around the turn of the century he conducted dubious dcgenerationist studies concerning beggars and tramps, and went on in the mid 1930s to give lecture courses to those officially charged with implementing the compulsory sterilisation policies introduced by the National Socialists. -* Until the end of the nineteenth century, the term 'euthanasia' retained its meaning of a original, classical, 'fine' or 'gentle' death, as exemplified by Suetonius' account of the death of Augustus.

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The record of the examination must show whether the examining doctors were scientifically convinced that the illness was more likely to follow a terminal course than that the patient manent §5 If the ability to would recover per- work. examination finds that a terminal outcome is the most probable one, then the court should accord the patient the right to die. In contrary cases, the patient's request will be firmly denied. 13 • Saving money, spending §6 Whosoever painlessly kills the patient as a result of the latter's express and unambiguous request is not to be punished, provided that the patient has been accorded the right to die if §7 posthumous examination W hosoever lives kills under clause reveals that he 5 of the law, or was incurably the patient without his express and ill.

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