The Start Of Hitler 's Genocide

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Akins 1 Makenzie Akins Mr. March English 1 1 April 2016 The start of Hitler’s Genocide Genocide during the Holocaust was a horrible event and shows how cruel humans can be to the handicapped or any group seen as different. Hitler’s Beliefs The Nazis wanted to create a society of healthy and strong individuals that could make Germany the “master race”. They believed that there was no place for the weak and disabled. The physically and mentally handicapped were viewed as "useless" to society. They were seen as a threat to genetic purity, and, ultimately, unworthy of life ("The Holocaust”). They wanted to make sure that they had only strong and healthy people available to them if they had to put together an army and go to war. Hitler believed that Germany would rule the world one day. He thought that only people of German blood should live in Germany. He also wanted to rid Germany of the mentally and physically disabled because they were seen as imperfect and a drain on their resources. Patient Diagnosis In the spring and summer of 1939 the Nazis started to work on a plan to get rid of children and infants who were born with a handicap. There were several categories that defined a handicap. One was mental disabilities which included schizophrenia, epilepsy, dementia, and other mental or neurological disorders. There was another category for physical handicaps such Akins 2 as missing or deformed limbs, down syndrome, and paralysis. Some other categories included
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