The Charitable Transport Company for the Sick

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.”



Learning the Lessons of History

We are being shocked by the material in the recent videos from Planned Parenthood and what we are witnessing is in large part the result of not learning the lessons of history!
And yes it could grow far worse if there is not a serious change of direction in the very near future:

Consider this example from history given by Dr. Leo Alexander:
“A neuropathologist, Dr. Hallervorden, who had obtained 500 brains from the [German] killing centers for the insane, gave me a vivid first-hand account. The Charitable Transport Company for the Sick brought the brains in batches of 150 to 250 at a time. Hallervorden stated: “There was wonderful material among those brains, beautiful mental defectives, malformations and early infantile diseases. I accepted those brains of course. Where they came from and how they came to me was really none of my business.”

Now as a ProLife activist for almost forty years I have often heard the howls of protest from those who support killing the unborn whenever a reference to the genocides committed by the Nazis or other humanists in the 20th Century are brought into the discussion! These recent videos are making it much more difficult for them to hide the similarities and it should again remind us that we must learn the right lessons from history.

Of course the president of Planned Parenthood, along with the President of our nation, are insisting that NOTHING illegal has been done. This is likely true because when the Nazi soldiers and medical doctors were tried at Nuremburg they also insisted they had done nothing illegal because the laws of Germany at the time allowed for almost all their actions.

The folks at Planned Parenthood are also insisting that what they are doing is not only legal but vital to ongoing medical research that will help others. Perhaps they mean like what was being done in Germany by their most infamous Dr. Mengele: “”When an outbreak of noma (a gangrenous bacterial disease of the mouth and face) broke out in the Romani camp in 1943, Mengele initiated a study to determine the cause of the disease and develop a treatment. He enlisted the aid of prisoner Dr. Berthold Epstein, a Jewish pediatrician and professor at Prague University. Mengele isolated the patients in a separate barrack and had several afflicted children killed so that their preserved heads and organs could be sent to the SS Medical Academy in Graz and other facilities for study. The research was still ongoing when the Romani camp was liquidated and its remaining occupants killed in 1944.” [You can see more details of his work at this site].

This seems ghastly to us, but remember that killing Jews in Germany at that time was “legal” because they were not considered to be persons, but rather subhuman. Rent and watch The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas if you want to see how the general populace can be taken in by such propaganda.

The lesson from history that we must learn is just how the medical community in a civilized Christian nation could have been caught up in such horrors. That story of how Hegelian utilitarianism took hold was told by Dr. Leo Alexander in the July 1949 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Alexander was a psychiatrist at the University of Boston who was sent to the Nuremburg Trials for the sole purpose of finding out why so many scientists and physicians in the once civilized German society had participated in the gruesome human experimentations and deaths under the Nazi regime.

Dr. Alexander discusses how the attitude changes came long before the Nazis took control of Germany and how the medical community was fully involved in what we now call “The Holocaust.” His conclusion is chilling in light of today’s events:
“Whatever proportions these crimes finally assumed, it became evident to all who investigated them that they had started from small beginnings. The beginnings at first were merely a subtle shift in emphasis in the basic attitude of the physicians. 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.”

Please remember that last sentence EVERY time you hear someone refer to an unwanted fetus!

Tomorrow I would like to draw from Dr. Alexander’s report to see how the killing began and how euphemisms like Planned Parenthood are used to cover up such gross sins. If you want to read ahead, you can access Dr. Alexander’s complete article at this link.