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July 30, 1999

Excerpts of Nazi Warning Letters

By The Associated Press
Excerpts from correspondence by U.S. officials, German citizens and an
unknown informant on Nazi Germany's "euthanasia" programs -- written
months before the systematic killing of mentally ill and deformed
citizens became widely known: 

--"After weeks of uncertainty, I received the unbelievable news of his
sudden death and cremation." Death notice in a German newspaper by the
family of an asylum patient. A rash of family notices about
"unbelievable" asylum deaths raised suspicion among German citizens
and U.S. diplomats. 

--"The dark and deep secrecy surrounding the Castle of Grafeneck,
entrance to which is strictly forbidden to all except the Black Guard
man on duty, gradually led the local inhabitants to become uneasy and
suspicious." Cable from the U.S. vice consul in Leipzig, Paul Dutko,
to the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, concerning the Grafeneck mental asylum.


--"It is still forbidden by law in Germany to prematurely cause the
death of so-called incurable mental patients. If the Black Guards, for
whatever veiled reasons, can and are prematurely killing mental
patients, this cruelty will further impress upon many people the
complete lawlessness of the National Socialists." Dutko's cable, which
also reached the top levels of the State Department. 

--"In the German insane asylums, district nursing homes and asylums
for idiots thousands of patients are secretly murdered monthly. Not
only those who are public wards but also the paying inmates. Besides
the very ill, there are also slightly ill patients (loss of mentality
due to old age)." Anonymous German letter sent in December 1940 to NBC
in New York and passed on to the War Department in Washington. 

--"There does not seem any reason to doubt the veracity in principle
of the information transmitted. On the contrary, everything points to
it being correct, especially as the carrying out of these killings
conforms with national-socialist principles." Military intelligence
officer Frederick Sharp, writing to the acting chief of staff in the
War Department about the anonymous letter. 




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 John Morris                                
 at University of Alberta  


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