Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: Holocaust Almanac - The Nazi Euthanasia programs Summary: David Irving claims euthanasia program was simply the result of the Nazi need for more hospital beds... Followup-To: alt.revisionism From: Ken McVay
Organization: The Nizkor Project, Vancouver Island, CANADA Keywords: euthanasia,Irving NOTE: This file has not been documented. I would like to know if it did indeed appear in Irving's 'Hitler's War,' and, if so, whether or not it _still_ appears in later editions of the book. knm. Archive/File: places/germany/euthanasia/euthanasia.01 Last-modified: 1993/04/25 David Irving - title unknown (Hitler's War?) THE EUTHANASIA PROGRAM, OR 'MERCY KILLINGS' Nazi method for dealing with the retarded and insane --------------------------------------------------------------------------- >From pages 20-23: "...Here at Zoppot Hitler began weighing a course of action as hideous as any that Reinhard Heydrich was tackling in Poland: 'mercy killings', or euthanasia. The ostensible occasion for this formal decision was related to war needs. About a quarter of a million hospital beds were required for Germany's mental institutions...they occupied bed space and the attention of skilled medical personnel which Hitler now urgently needed for the treatment of the casualties of his coming campaigns. Above all they were a glaring genetic impurity marring the blood of the German race. According to Dr. Karl Brandt, his personal surgeon, Hitler wanted between 40 and 60 percent of the permanently hospitalized insane to be quietly put away... There was some discussion of the actual mechanics of the program. Dr. Conti proposed the use of narcotics to induce in the patients a sleep from which they would not awaken; but in separate discussions with Dr. Brandt Hitler learned that barbiturates would be too slow to be 'humane' and that most physicians considered Carbon Monoxide gas the fastest and most peaceful lethal dose, if somewhat unmedical in character... When Hitler received such an appeal from the parents of a malformed, blind and imbecile boy born in Leipzig, he sent Dr. Brandt early in 1939 to examine the child, and on hearing the doctor's horrifying description of the pathetic case, he authorized the doctors to put him to sleep; at the same time he orally authorized Bouhler and Brandt to act accordingly in any similar case in the future....perhaps as many as five thousand children were eventually disposed of this way. The 'mercy killing' of a few was followed by the programmed elimination of the burdensome tens of thousands of insane; and all this was but a platform for far wider campaigns of extermination on which the Reich was to embark now that it was at war."
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