In order to rid the Volk of this disease, Dr. Lifton identified five distinctive steps in the Nazis process (21):
- Coercive sterilization of those deemed less “desirable”
- The killing of “impaired” children in hospitals
- The killing of “impaired” adults in centers especially equipped with carbon monoxide gas
- The killing of “impaired” inmates of concentration and extermination camps
- Mass killings in the extermination camps
Most people that I’ve related these five steps outlined here are repulsed by the thought that any government would sanction these actions. But of course, we’re doing it today in the U.S. I’ll make the connections for you in subsequent posts but I’ll start here with Step 1: Coercive sterilization.
Many states in the U.S. had passed forced sterilization laws in the early 1900’s. Some of these states kept enforcing these laws into the 1970’s. Read recent news articles about the eugenic past of the U.S. by clicking here to read about forced sterilization in North Carolina or clicking here to read about forced sterilization in Washington.
The difference between Nazi Germany and the rest of the world was that the Nazis went on to steps 2-5 and the rest of the world didn’t, or did they?
Stayed tuned to see how we kill “impaired” children today. (Click here to read part 4.)