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But this thinking was not just Nazi, many Europeans and even Americans thought to get rid of severely mentally or physically handicapped In WW1 in Germany, little money was budgeted to people in asylums, they often starved to death First group that the Nazis targeted were the mentally ill, physically handicapped; engineering master race with ideal human beings (even before the war, people in categories are targeted) Permission for the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Being Lived: kill people if their lives are miserable and not worth killing (remember, this is not yet Nazis) Under Weimar, would come up in debates what to do with these people, in 1920, Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche (leading specialist in law and psychiatry professor) wrote: Eugenics: breeding a better human race, right people reproduce and the wrong don't (predates Nazis, liberals, progressives involved) Engineering better humanity Debate who to breed and how to go about it 1932: Berthold Kilhn wrote in leading journal called "The Eradication of the Less Valuable from Society" Possible methods: Eugenic marriage counseling: look into medical records before they get married, what are chances of children having problems, if they will have hereditary illness prevent them from marriage and reproduction 1. Kill unworthy people 2. Isolate unworthy in asylums and prevent reproduction 3. Sterilize them 4. Killing them is a good way to save money, but not realizable in ethical climate, so the best option is sterilization Fear of being outbred, normal healthy Germans will be outbred by people with mental deficiencies and problems, burden on society and cost them Kilhn argues that marriage counseling isn't effective, won't stop people, isolating people will be too expensive, and the less handicap people are the problem because they are more likely to be in society Roots in Weimar Germany The Nazis were the answer: sterilize and kill people Although these ideas and debate were present before Nazis, they were cut short when Hitler came to power, because he already had his answer But they wouldn't admit a Nazi was carrying bad genes

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