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Adult Education: American Seeds in the Holocaust

Thursday, April 18, 2019 • 13 Nisan 5779

8:00 PM - 10:00 PMEast Social Hall

Before there was Auschwitz, there was “Aktion T4” the Nazi program begun in 1939 that killed 300,000 disabled German men, women and children.  And before Aktion T4, there was the 1933 German “Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Defective Offspring” that led to the forced sterilization of 400,000 German citizens.  Adolf Hitler claimed that his forced-sterilization law was fashioned after the model sterilization law extant in at least thirty of the then forty-eight United States.  This was not a specious claim; the German forced sterilization program had its roots in America.  Furthermore, while euthanizing the disabled was not practiced in America, the policy did have its supporters in astonishingly high places. A conversation about this dark, rarely discussed part of American medical history.   

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