Volk in Gefahr by Otto Helmut

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The Congenitally Abnormal as a Burden Upon the German Nation

Persons suffering from congenital abnormalities have an average rate of reproduction higher than that of healthy German families. The mentally handicapped, in particular, represent a permanent danger for the value and the health of our population. Thus, one of the greatest sins of a now obsolete liberalism was to have spent enormous sums of money on the care and protection of these sick persons. Indeed, for a long time it was even considered to be one of the highest aims of social welfare policy to enable people with every possible sort of handicap to marry and start families, and thus to burden society as a whole with their progeny, who are as much in need of help as the parents. However, even when marital and extramarital reproduction does not occur, the mere fact that untold millions were expended on the maintenance of genetically challenged cripples and mentally ill persons, amounts to a crime. With these same resources, hundreds of thousands of healthy young German workers could have been given the possibility of marrying and rearing valuable posterity. The taxes paid by many thousands of young married couples, who for economic reasons could not have their own children, were spent on raising the children of idiots, the mentally ill, and cripples.

According to the Statistical Yearbook for 1930, there were, in Germany during 1925/26, 429,600 persons with physical handicaps, 230,000 mentally handicapped persons, and 78,600 persons who were either deaf, dumb, or blind, or some combination thereof. There were thus a total of 713,600 handicapped persons (those with multiple handicaps were counted only once). This was more than the total population of the province of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, which in the census of 1930 amounted to 708,000. The State spent an average of 5. 75 Marks per day for each handicapped person. At the same time it was spending only 3. 50 Marks per day for every normal German worker.

So, for example, without the 230,000 mentally retarded and mentally ill persons now existing in Germany, 230, 000 more workers' families could be maintained, working productively and bringing up children for the State. It is a blessing, that the new law for the prevention of congenitally diseased children will, in the course of time, produce fundamental change.

Translation courtesy of John Bass

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