By Henry Friedlander
Tracing the increase of racist and eugenic ideologies, Henry Friedlander explores in chilling element how the Nazi application of secretly exterminating the handicapped and disabled developed into the systematic destruction of Jews and Gypsies. He describes how the so-called euthanasia of the handicapped supplied a realistic version for the later mass homicide, thereby starting up the Holocaust.
The Nazi regime pursued the extermination of Jews, Gypsies, and the handicapped in keeping with a trust within the organic, and hence absolute, inferiority of these teams. To rfile the relationship among the attack at the handicapped and the ultimate answer, Friedlander exhibits how the felony regulations and exclusionary guidelines of the Thirties, together with mass sterilization, resulted in mass homicide throughout the struggle. He additionally makes transparent that the killing facilities the place the handicapped have been gassed and cremated served because the types for the extermination camps.
Based on broad archival examine, the ebook additionally analyzes the involvement of the German forms and judiciary, the participation of physicians and scientists, and the character of well known opposition.