These pure nordic types were an important part of the nazi’s biomedical vision and 1,000 reich.
There were 5 identifiable steps by which the Nazi party and the medical establishment carried out the principles of “life unworthy of life” (lebensunwertes Leben):
- coerced sterilizations,
- killing of “impaired” children in hospitals,
- killing of “impaired” adults, mostly from mental hospitals,
- “impaired” in concentration camps killed and
- mass medical killings.
The Fuhrer hold the cleansing of the medical profession far more important than, for example, that of the bureaucracy, since in his opinion he duty of the physician is or should be one of racial leadership – Martin Bormann
Under the heading First Steps: Policies and the Courts, Robert Jay Lifton in The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, states:
Only in Nazi Germany was sterilization a forerunner of mass murder. Programs of coercive sterilization were not peculiar to Nazi Germany. They have existed in much of the Western world, including the United States, which has a history of coercive and sometimes illegal sterilization applied mostly to the underclass of society…by 1920, to the enactment of laws in 25 states providing for compulsory sterilization of the criminally insane and other people considered genetically inferior.
Professor Lifton defines genetics as a legitimate scientific field of study which was in its infancy in the 1930s. Eugenics is ” term coined by Francis Galton in 1883 to denote the principle of strengthening a biological groupon the basis of ostensible hereditary worth”. Despite its evolutionary claims and later reference to genetic laws, eugenics has no scientific standing.