the regime was receiving requests from the families of newborn or very young children with severe deformities and brain damage for the grant of a “mercy killing”
a child so-called `Knauer’ child, who had been born on blind, with one leg and part of one arm missing, and who was described as an “idiot.” was killed from his parents request
Hitler had instructed Brandt to pave the way for the killing of children by setting up a body entitled the `Reich Committee for the Scientific Registering of Serious Hereditary and Congenital Illnesses’.
a permanent headquarters for the new organization was established at Tiergartenstrasse 4
requiring medical facilities to complete a questionnaire in respect of all patients who (a) suffered from an extensive list of medical conditions and were unable to work; or (b) had been institutionalized for more than five years; or (c) had been committed as criminally insane: or (d) were non-`Aryan’
The killing of the mentally ill and disabled began
The first gas chamber was used to kill people
30,000 patients have been killed in the fall of 1941