Thursday, June 23, 2005

NURSES' PARTICIPATION IN THE "EUTHANASIA" PROGRAMS OF NAZI GERMANY

I have often said that the killing of Terri Schiavo was what the Nazi's did in their T4 program, but many have no idea what that was. In the title of this note, and incorporated here in a hyperlink are two separate places where I have found Susan Benedict's written work about the program.

If you already understand what I have been saying, then reading this may just give you a little more information. If, however, you think that this is just my imagination, then I dare you to read it slowly and compare the words used then with the phrases used by Felos and many others, especially those who say that Terri and other disabled 'would not want to live this way'... 'what kind of life do they have'.... 'it was merciful to let her go'.... 'it was time to end her suffering'.... she died LONG ago, and it was time for her body to be released'...etc etc etc. Read the article slowly.

Slowly? Why slowly? So that you can stop the programed reaction and absorb the truth of what is happening.

God bless.

OH, by the way, this program started because a parent of a disabled child ... well, go read it for yourself..... It all starts here:

Susan Benedict, CRNA, DSN, FAAN Copyright, Susan Benedict
Background ...my own comments inserted in this color...

Before the time of the genocide of millions known as the Holocaust, the German government established "euthanasia" programs for handicapped German children and adults. Nurses were participants in both. In reality, these programs had little to do with the contemporary understanding of the word "euthanasia". In actuality, the programs were the involuntary killing of handicapped children and adults that were sanctioned by the government and society.

HHHmmm, since 1990, Nancy Cruzan, we now have court sanctioned killing of handicapped adults here in the US... and it went even further and became more blatant with the killing of Terri Schiavo, based on hearsay evidence and in violation of many Florida laws for the treatment of disabled people....

The origins of planned euthanasia were in place earlier than the Nazi era. "The idea of ending 'lives not worth living' did not begin with the Nazis, but had been discussed in the legal and medical literatures since the end of the First World War", with supportive articles appearing in both European and American literature (Proctor, 1992, p. 24). In 1920, Dr. Alfred Hoche, a physician, and Karl Binding published a pamphlet entitled "The Sanctioning of the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Living". The emphasis of the book was on the reduction of suffering of the acutely ill and their families (Nadav, 1994, p. 45). Later, in 1935, Hitler told the Reich physician leader, Dr. Gerhard Wagner, that he would implement euthanasia once war began (US Military Tribunal, Transcripts of the Proceedings in Case 1, p. 2482, Testimony of Karl Brandt).

"Terri has suffered long enough....same with Nancy, Christine, etc "

The German people were exposed to the idea of euthanasia through posters, movies, and books supporting the destruction of "lives not worth living". A 1936 book entitled Sendung und Gewissen (Mission and Conscience) was published in Germany by an ophthamologist and was widely read. This novel told the story of a young wife with multiple sclerosis who was euthanized by her physician-husband. This novel was important in preparing the ground for the euthanasia programs (Proctor, 1988, p. 183). It was made into a movie "Ich Klage an!" ("I Accuse") and was widely shown during these years. Two other popular movies of the time also dealt with euthanasia, Life Unworth Life (1934-1935) and Presence without Life (1940-1941) (Amir, 1977, p. 97). "Opfer der Vergangenheit (Victims of the Past, 1937) was produced under Hitler's direct order and shown by law in all 5,300 German theaters" (Michalczyk, 1994, p. 65). These films argued that keeping seriously ill people alive was against the basic principles of nature (Michalczyk, 1994, p. 65).

Posters were displayed throughout German showing a healthy German supporting on his shoulders the weight of handicapped individuals with the saying "You Are Sharing the Load! A Genetically Ill Individual Costs Approximately 50,000 Reichsmarks by the Age of Sixty" (Gross, 1935, p. 335). Even high school textbooks contained mathematical problems using the cost of caring for the mentally ill as examples (Dorner, 1935). The elderly and the ill, too, were considered by some to be burdens: "It must be made clear to anyone suffering from an incurable disease that the useless dissipation of costly medications drawn from the public store cannot be justified" and "...it made no sense for persons 'on the threshold of old age' to receive services such as orthopedic therapy or dental bridgework; such services were to be reserved for healthier elements of the population" (Proctor, 1988, p. 183). It is important to see these attitudes as the context for nursing at that time.


NOW, go read the rest of the article. THANK you to Susan Benedict, RN.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous motherof5 said...

Thank you for sharing this. I am deeply concerned at what Nationalized Healthcare will mean for the American people. We must pray ardently for those in office. I will do whatever it takes to protect my loved ones!

Lori

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 11:08:00 PM CST  
Blogger WICatholic said...

Lori,

I am also VERY concerned, as a nurse and as a member of the 'baby boomer' generation who is fast approaching that time when I will be facing the distinct possibility of being guilted/forced into 'accepting the fact that you are a burden on your children and society'. I have, for a long time, envisioned euthanasia centers (much like 'birthing centers'--comfortable home like atmospheres where one goes to say good-bye to family and friends....before they 'put you down'.

I pray that this never happens, but with the events that have taken place in the past (Nancy Cruzan, to Terri Schindler Schiavo, etc) and the wide acceptance of abortion for "defective" babies--and society moving toward not wanting to live in any amount of suffering, I think it is only a matter of time.

Long ago, I told my mother that her generation would die natural deaths, but that mine would not. I think that the first time I said this to her was nearly 30 yrs ago now. She was appalled that I would say/think that way. But as she watched what was taking place with Terri, she finally 'saw' it as well, telling me to NEVER let that happen to her.

'Cost factor' will swiftly enter the picture if socialized medicine comes to our country.

MD's in Holland already admit to euthanizing patients without their knowledge or consent.

God bless, Lori!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 4:09:00 AM CST  

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