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These blogs are the work of Nissa Annakindt, writer and farmer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

My poetry and prose have been published in: Struggle, Above the Bridge, HEATHENzine, Idunna, Marklander, Asynjur and PanGaia.

I also was editor/publisher of the Nine Virtues News in its print incarnation, which ran weekly for a while.

Contact me at: Nissa Annakindt PO Box 95 Wallace, MI 49893 USA

"My strength is the strength of ten, because my heart is pure."

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Forgetting the Holocaust

In this year's 60th anniversary of the end of World War Two, we remember how shocked everyone was to discover the full story of the holocaust. 'Never forget' was the slogan. 'Never again'.

And yet one important aspect of the holocaust has been forgotten--- the T-4 program for the killing of the 'useless eaters'--- handicapped people--- and some not so handicapped--- that interfered with the bringing forth of a perfect 'master race'.

The idea was that some people had lives that were not worth living and were also a burden on the rest of society which had to pay the cost of their life in institutions. This cost was seen as immense though an institutionalized person's cost of living is far, far less than that of a wealthy movie star, for example.

The killing of the handicapped was not initiated by the Nazis. The medical profession, most of whom were advocates of the eugenics movement which was at the time powerful in the US and England, wanted to take the next step of sanitizing the race by showing 'mercy' to the useless ones.

The techniques used included the gas chambers which were later used in the death camps, and also the use of lethal injection and dehydration and starvation of patients, particularly of deformed infants.

When this program was being sold to the public they spoke of people with very severe disabilities who could not communicate. In time they included milder disabilities, 'anti-social personalities', and the inhabitants of old age homes. Older women who developed mental problems from the shock of their experiences in air raids were put to death in large part to free up hospital beds.

While Terri Schiavo was being slowly murdered, not one television reporter thought to do a little piece on the Nazi euthanasia program, or even on the euthanasia movement today. In fact they covered up for the euthanasia movement by referring again and again to the euthanasia movement's Living Will, popularized by euthanasia advocate Abigail van Buren (Dear Abby), without once using the word 'euthanasia'. As a result, many people, particularly seniors, who are very much against euthanasia are being pressured into signing a standard, pro-death Living Will, thinking they are just signing something which will make it easier to unplug them from life support if they are 'brain dead'. (If you are really brain dead they will unplug you with or without the permission of your family, no Living Will is needed for that.) These people, unless they revoke that Living Will, can now be killed by dehydration/starvation, not just by removing of a feeding tube but by denying spoon-feeding. This can be done if they become disabled, or if they have a condition which is expected to result in death. (Life is a condition which is expected to result in death.)

Action: write a letter to the editor of your local paper reminding people of the euthanasia aspect of the holocaust, and the current state of euthanasia in America today as exemplified in the cases of Terri Schiavo, Nancy Cruzan, and others.