Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Germany is building memorial to remember those euthanized by the Nazis

Germany is building a memorial in Berlin to the hundreds of thousands of people killed by euthanasia during the Nazi regime because of their mental and physical disabilities or chronic illnesses. We believe the goal of medical professionals everywhere must be to eliminate suffering, not the persons who suffer.

A 30m (100ft) long glass wall is being built in the centre of Berlin, near the former site of the Nazi-era office that organised the "euthanasia" programme.

In 1939, Adolf Hitler told officials that people "considered incurable" should be "granted a mercy killing".

The programme ended officially in 1941, but continued covertly until 1945.