Thursday, May 08, 2008

Useless Eaters?

The methods used for mass extermination in the Nazi death camps originated and were perfected in earlier use against people with physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. Developed from the article by Dr. Mark Mostert, this website describes the historical context of attitudes toward people with disabilities in Germany and how this context produced mass murder of people with disabilities prior to and during the early years of World War II.

The connection between eugenics and social darwinism is exactly the opposite of what is usually imagined. Eugenics is a method by which those who fear they will lose the struggle for existence try to change the outcome.