The world has for years been shocked by the massive proportions that Germany’s crimes took on but even the killing centers that took millions of lives had small beginnings: A lesson of history that should again haunt us as we hear and see what is going on in our nation today.
In my first blog here I introduced Dr. Leo Alexander who investigated just how the medical community in civilized Germany got so caught up in the killing and experimentation that took place under the Nazis.
According to Dr. Alexander, “The first direct order for euthanasia was issued by Hitler on September 1, 1939, and an organization was set up to execute the program. Dr. Karl Brandt headed the medical section, and Phillip Bouhler the administrative section. All state institutions were required to report on patients who had been ill five years or more and who were unable to work, by filling out questionnaires giving name, race, marital status, nationality, next of kin, whether regularly visited and by whom, who bore financial responsibility and so forth.
The decision regarding which patients should be killed was made entirely on the basis of this brief information by expert consultants, most of whom were professors of psychiatry in the key universities. These consultants never saw the patients themselves. These questionnaires were collected by a “Realm’s Work Committee of Institutions for Cure and Care.” A parallel organization devoted exclusively to the killing of children was known by the similarly euphemistic name of “Realm’s Committee for Scientific Approach to Severe Illness Due to Heredity and Constitution.” The “Charitable Transport Company for the Sick” transported patients to the killing centers, and the “Charitable Foundation for Institutional Care” was in charge of collecting the cost of the killings from the relatives, without, however, informing them what the charges were for; in the death certificates the cause of death was falsified. According to the records, 275,000 people were put to death in these killing centers. Ghastly as this seems, it should be realized that this program was merely the entering wedge for exterminations of far greater scope in the political program for genocide of conquered nations and the racially unwanted. The methods used and personnel trained in the killing centers for the chronically sick became the nucleus of the much larger centers on the East, where the plan was to kill all Jews and Poles and to cut down the Russian population by 30,000,000.” [you can read the entire New England Journal of Medicine article here]
I would really like everyone to remember “the Charitable Transport Company for the Sick,” and what they did whenever someone today speaks about “Planned Parenthood!” There is a good reason that the number one provider of abortions in our United States has such a “nice” name and it is far past time that someone blew their cover in the eyes of the general public!
Dr. Alexander rightly points out, “It started with the acceptance of the attitude, basic in the euthanasia movement, that there is such a thing as life not worthy to be lived.” He goes on to warn, “It is, therefore, this subtle shift in emphasis of the physicians’ attitude that one must thoroughly investigate.”
Sadly we are far far down this dangerous road here in America and the death toll from abortion on demand is now at least five times greater than the German holocaust. The world was shocked by the pictures of what happened in those death camps and perhaps it will be these new videos that will shock our nation into repentance, so that we too can bring the killing to an end and proclaim ‘never again!’
And there is another important lesson from history brought out in this article as Dr. Alexander reveals the brave actions of some Dutch physicians which I will consider in my next blog.
But for today I will leave you with one last troubling account from Dr. Alexander that should come to mind whenever you see our “medical professionals” in the coming weeks defending the use of body parts from those who lost their lives at Planned Parenthood: And trust me, we will see a LOT of that as this debate continues!
Just remember how back then in Germany Dr. Alexander reported that, “A large number of those marked for death for political or racial reasons were made available for “medical” experiments involving the use of involuntary human subjects. From 1942 on, such experiments carried out in concentration camps were openly presented at medical meetings. This program included “terminal human experiments,” a term introduced by Dr. Rascher to denote an experiment so designed that its successful conclusion depended upon the test person’s being put to death.”