The murder of Gerhard Kretschmar – the first victim of National Socialist pseudo-euthanasia

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The National Socialist idea of euthanasia developed from an idea which might be called the right to die – this is what we would call euthanasia today. If a person has a terminal disease and is suffering, should that person have the right to end that suffering. The Nazis however expanded this from a Mercy Death to the destruction of life unworthy of life and they would decide who was unworthy of life. This in itself was an idea that had come from eugenecists from the nineteenth century.

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