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The Eugenics Archive

This page was last edited on 23 Octoberat Resistance Jewish partisans Bricha. The committee was to consist of a doctor, a psychiatrist or other doctor and a jurist to check that the committee was acting within the law.

The person does not have to be in pain, it is enough that they are in a helpless condition and that their condition is incurable. It also justified various human experimentation and eugenics programs, as well as Nazi racial policies. Any killing which involves the shortening of a life was seen as unlawful. It is also irrelevant if the person could be saved in another situation. He argued that the law concerning murder only referred to the killing of other people and not to suicide.

Joint Declaration by Members of the United Nations. If the family were willing to take on the person themselves or pay the costs of hospitalisation, the person would not be killed.

In this way the doctor is simply exchanging the cause of death, from a painful one caused by illness to a painless one caused by a medicament. Importantly he accepted that many killings of these people would actually be unjustifiable, although this would only be evident after death. Any person could withdraw their application to be killed at any time, including after the decision had been finalised.


At this time he also became friends with Johann Jacob Bernoulli – an archaeologist, Jakob Burckhardt – an art historian, and Friedrich Nietzsche – a philosopher. The methods used initially at German hospitals such as lethal injections and bottled gas poisoning were expanded to form the basis for the creation of extermination camps where the gas chambers were built from scratch to conduct the extermination of the Jews, Poles, and Romani.

This was the title of one of Binding’s most infamous books, co-written by the psychiatrist, Alfred Hoche. He was of the opinion that in a case of prosecution due to euthanasia, the court should differentiate between the taking of a healthy life and a terminally ill person. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Articles containing German-language text. It grew in extent and scope from Action T4 ending officially in when public protests stopped the program, through the Action 14f13 against concentration camp inmates.

In this case suicide would be perfectly legal, but euthanasiainvolving the killing of another person, even with their permission would have to be treated as murder.

Die Freigabe der Vernichtung lebensunwerten Lebens by Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche

This project was extended in the lebenusnwerten killing centers to “impaired” inmates of concentration and extermination camps and, finally, to mass killings in the extermination camps themselves.

Karl Ludwig Lorenz Binding 4 June — 7 April was a German jurist known as a promoter of the theory of retributive justice. Not to be confused with Wrongful life. The New York Times. Not to be confused with Wrongful birth.

Of the five identifiable steps by which the Nazis carried out the principle of “life unworthy of life,” coercive sterilization was the first. Part of a series on. An applicant could represent themselves, be represented by their doctor, family or anyone they had asked. Binding could not work out a general rule for the killing of this group.

In the same year he lebnsunwerten to Leipzig University, where he was to continue to work for the next 40 years.


Binding discussed the consequences that the legal status of suicide would have on euthanasia and the legality of killing the mentally ill. The phrase “life unworthy of dle in German: In Binding’s own interpretation of the law in s Germany, suicide or attempting suicide was not illegal and should be treated as being within the law.

Life unworthy of life

Retrieved from ” https: Binding goes on to assume that the right to suicide would then also have to be transferable to another person; meaning that a person also has the right to let someone else cause their death if they so wish. Binding did not think it necessary to obtain permission from a person who was to be killed, but if they were able to and expressed the wish to live, that wish must be respected.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Hoche felt killing such people was useful. The committee would be able to call witnesses and was also to have a chairperson – without voting rights – to run the proceedings. From Euthanasia to the Final Solution.

According to evrnichtung author of Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide psychiatrist Robert Jay Liftonthe policy went through a number of iterations and modifications:. Binding also wanted to allow for killings that were not controlled by a committee. Views Read Edit View history. Views Read Edit View history. After a committee had checked that a person fulfils the criteria, it could make a decision.

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