I’ve written previously about how the Holocaust didn’t just happen. The Nazi’s had a beta-test version called T4. T4 was an outgrowth of public health measures for healthy babies taken to a macabre logical end: if its healthy babies that are desired, then let’s kill the unhealthy babies. And, that’s precisely what the Nazi’s did. The methods used to kill these innocents would then be instituted on a mass scale in the genocidal campaign against the Jews. As the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum describes it:
The “euthanasia” program represented in many ways a rehearsal for Nazi Germany’s subsequent genocidal policies.
German researchers, in 2003, identified the first child victim of T4. His name was Gerhard Kretschmar. The boy’s father had written to Hitler asking that the parents be allowed to kill their son. Hitler sent his own doctor to examine the 5-month old, who he described as:
The child had been born blind, seemed to be idiotic, and a leg and parts of the arm were missing.
Gerhard was killed and so began the euthanasia program against those with disabilities in Germany.
The legislation, which grants children the right to request euthanasia if they are “in great pain” and there is no available treatment, makes Belgium the first country in the world where the age of the child is not taken into consideration. Similar legislation exists in the Netherlands, though only for children over the age of 12. In both countries, children are required to receive the consent of parents, doctors and psychiatrists.
A previously enacted Belgium law allowing for adult euthanasia in the case of “unbearable suffering” has since been used to euthanize a pair of twins who were deaf and going blind, a 44-year old woman with chronic anorexia nervosa, and a 64-year old woman with chronic depression. As one doctor said regarding the twins, “I do not think this was what the legislation meant by ‘unbearable suffering’.”
But, no doubt, these news items are simply coincidental and unrelated. Right?