Nazi "euthanasia" programs were designed to eliminate all persons with disabilities who, according to Nazi ideology, threatened the health and purity of the German race. Ms. Evans explores the development and workings of this relatively neglected aspect of the Holocaust, drawing on the historical record and scores of exclusive interviews with disabled survivors. She notes the inescapable implications of these Nazi medical practices for our present-day bioethical controversies. "An essential, unique and careful study of the Nazi euthanasia program." John Weiss.
Suzanne Evans is a lawyer and journalist who is completing her Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Berkeley. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other national publications. She lives in Newport Beach, California.
This book is essential reading for everyone interested in the underlying dynamics of the disability rights movement... Without knowing our own history, we cannot fully comprehend the depths of prejudices that continue to define disability today. -- Laurence Paradis, Executive Director, Disabilities Rights Advocates Forgotten Crimes is an essential, unique and careful study of the Nazi euthanasia program...The author...reminds us of the dangers of all discrimination against the disabled. -- John Weiss One of the least known aspects of the bestiality of the Nazi regime: tens of thousands of German handicapped were exterminated and many others sterilized. An important book about the destruction of the medical ethics by a totalitarian regime. -- Radu Ioanid Evans...concludes that...the suffering of the disability community...must never be forgotten. If you read this book, you'll remember. Quest A pioneering, long overdue record of Nazi Germany's campaign against the physically and mentally disabled. Virginian-Pilot Scholarly assessment and reflection. Bookwatch Provides a quick and interesting introduction to the situation of people with disabilities during the Holocaust. -- Sara Vogt H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online Forgotten Crimes recounts in brutal detail the history of the Nazi campaign of extermination against Europeans with disabilities. -- Fred Pelka Review of Disability Studies An absolutely compelling piece. -- Lisa Ossian Disability Studies Quarterly
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