The 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, is Holocaust Memorial Day. We should remember that among the first to be singled out by the Nazis for sterilisation or euthanasia were those classed under their Eugenics theories as ‘living but unworthy of living’.
In July 1933, only months after Hitler took power, the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring was proclaimed. This and later ‘Racial Purity’ decrees announced at Party rallies in Nuremberg resulted in the forced sterilisation or gassing of hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities, people labelled schizophrenic or manic-depressive, deaf and blind people.
Richard Humm, SUGAR member and Honorary Research Fellow, City University London