Memorial to the Victims of National Socialist 'Euthanasia' Killings

Berlin, Germany

Memorial to the Victims of National Socialist 'Euthanasia' Killings

The Memorial and Information Point for the Victims of National Socialist Euthanasia Killings (German: Gedenk- und Informationsort für die Opfer der nationalsozialistischen "Euthanasie"-Morde) is a memorial to the people euthanized by the National Socialist Government, located in Berlin, Germany. From 1940 to 1941 over 70,000 people were murdered under the Action T4 plan (Seemann, Uwe). After the Third Reich ended the program, the killings continued in Nazi occupied institutions and care facilities until the end of World War II in 1945. This amounted to a death toll of approximately 300,000.

The targets of this genocide were those deemed to suffer from mental or physical illness. They were deemed as lesser beings by the Nazi party. The program fell in line with the ideas of eugenics and racial hygiene. Forced sterilizations were also methods used to target those with disabilities or illness under this Nazi program. The goal was to ensure that a new generation would have the most favorable genes, such as those inline with the ideals of the Aryan race. Only some of the doctors faced trials, such as those at Nuremberg, while most continued on with their jobs. This memorial brings awareness to the breadth of genocide committed during this time period.



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