As the point was the relation of Darwinism to the mass murders of the Nazis, though specifically, in the comments of the guy who trolls me with an obsession that has turned into a near daily attack on my character, the Holocaust, I'd noted that his own, chosen authority, Berlin Diary, a far from complete view of things, as it ends in 1941, Shirer noted what Germans thought were the motives of the Nazis. You can see that at the Update in yesterday's post. I could have made my case even more strongly by noting that Simel's own, alleged authority on the matter SAID THAT HE FOUND THE EUGENIC - THAT IS THE DARWINIAN - MOTIVE THE MOST PROBABLE.
The first motive is obviously absurd, since the death
of 100,000 persons will not save much food for a nation
of 80,000,000. Besides, there is no acute food shortage
in Germany. The second motive is possible, though I
doubt it. Poison gases may have been used in putting
these unfortunates out of the way, but if so, the experi-
mentation was only incidental. Many Germans I have
talked to think that some new gas which disfigures the
body has been used, and that this is the reason why the
remains of the victims have been cremated. But I can
get no real evidence of this.
The third motive seems most likely to me. For years
a group of radical Nazi sociologists who were instru-
mental in putting through the Reich's sterilization laws
have pressed for a national policy of eliminating the
mentally unfit. They say they have disciples among
many sociologists in other lands, and perhaps they have.
Paragraph two of the form letter sent the relatives
plainly bears the stamp of this sociological thinking:
" In view of the nature of his serious, incurable ailment,
his death, which saved him from a lifelong institutional
sojourn, is to be regarded merely as a release."
Some suggest a fourth motive. They say the Nazis
calculate that for every three or four institutional cases,
there must be one healthy German to look after them.
This takes several thousand good Germans away from
more profitable employment. If the insane are killed
off, it is further argued by the Nazis, there will be
plenty of hospital space for the war wounded should the
war be prolonged and large casualties occur.
It's a Nazi, messy business.