Contrary

Euthanasia

“In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the (Austrian) Alps. The
villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were
closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated. So people intermarried
and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there
were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good
manual work. I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the
school. One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting
into a van. I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an
institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and
to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little
clause that they could not visit for 6 months. They were told visits would
interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.

As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a
natural, merciful death. The villagers were not fooled. We suspected what
was happening. Those people left in excellent physical health and all died
within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.”

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June 16, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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