We know how it ended. But we always seem to forget how it began.
It ended with liberation and the end of war. It ended with Nuremberg and the promise of “Never again!”
But it began with kinder euthanasia–the supposed mercy killing of children. The Holocaust Encyclopedia (HE) calls the program “a rehearsal for Nazi Germany’s subsequent genocidal policies.” A program we remember.
First, they came for infants and toddlers with severe mental or physical disabilities. No one else spoke up for they were not among the targeted.
Then they came for disabled children up to the age of seventeen, then to the physically disabled and elderly (HE). The weak of any age. Those who were not weak did not speak up. Continue Reading…