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Origins of Nazi Genocide
Tracing the rise of racist and eugenic ideologies, Henry Friedlander explores in chilling detail how the Nazi program of secretly exterminating the handicapped and disabled evolved into the systematic destruction of Jews and Gypsies. He describes how the so-called euthanasia of the handicapped provided a practical model for the later mass murder, thereby initiating the Hol ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 22nd 1997 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published January 1st 1995)
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A very impressive piece of scholarship, linking the murder of mentally and physically disabled people in Nazi Germany with the later mass murder of Jews and other victims in camps and gas chambers. The process of transporting the victims to centralized killing facilities, using ruses and lies to ensure a smooth process, selecting the victims before ushering them into the gas chamber, gassing them, plundering the corpses, and disposing the corpses is the same with "euthanasia" and the gassing of ...more
Hard to believe I read this in Junior High. I was on a quest, I already knew some basic info, but I wanted to know the how and why. This book answers fully. No stars because well, yeah. I could give it 5 stars for thoroughness, but 1 star because why one earth did this happen?