Preceding Events

According to the „Gesetz zur Verhütung erbkranken Nachwuchses" (law for prevention of genetically ill offspring), valid from 1934, some 400 000 allegedly genetically ill humans - handicapped, mentally deranged and psychically diseased, backward schoolchildren, inmates of remand homes, „asocial" persons, criminals and addicted alcoholics - were forcibly sterilized.

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