First Period of Euthanasia
With the beginning of World War II a domestic campaign of extermination was also started: The systematic seizure and murder of the inmates of asylums, nursing-homes and mental institutions within the scope of the so called Euthanasia-campaign. The State of martial law was used to keep secret these killings planned since 1935. Founded by the Fuehrer's office and the „Reichsministerium des Innern" (Department of the Interior), an organisation based in Berlin (Tiergartenstr. 4) planned and organized these killings which were termed Euthanasia.