” Between September 1939 and April 1945 the defendants . . . willfully,and knowingly committed war crimes, as defined by Article II of ControlCouncil Law No. 10, in that they were principals in, accessories to,ordered, abetted, took a consenting part in, and were connected withplans and enterprises involving the execution of the so-called”euthanasia” program of the German Reich in the course of which thedefendants herein murdered hundreds of thousands of human beings,including nationals of German-occupied countries.
“This program involved the systematic and secret execution of the aged,insane, incurably ill, of deformed children, and other persons, by gas,lethal injections, and diverse other means in nursing homes, hospitals,and asylums. Such persons were regarded as “useless eaters” and a burdento the German war machine. The relatives of these victims were informedthat they died from natural causes, such as heart failure. Germandoctors involved in the “euthanasia” program were also sent to Easternoccupied countries to assist in the mass extermination of Jews.”
(Count 2, section 9, of the indictment in “the Doctor’s Trial” at theNuremberg war crimes trial;United States Holocaust Memorial Museum )
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