La pediatria tedesca e lo sterminio delle “vite indegne di essere vissute” durante l’età del nazionalsocialismo
In: Minority Reports. Cultural Disability Studies, 2021
1933 to 1945 sick and disabled children were segregated from the “Volksgemeinschaft”, sent to asylums and sterilized, were used for human experiments; thousands of them became part of the organized murder of sick children during the Second World War. Instead of perceiving these children as patients or wards under their protection, doctors and caretakers used them in dubious experiments, deported them and killed them. Even pediatricians disregarded the physical integrity of their patients and abused them for politically gains. The doctors themselves pronounced the death sentences on the children entrusted to their care and gave them lethal doses of Luminal. The doctors observed numerous children starving to death in “Kinderfachabteilungen” without having to fear any legal consequences for their actions.