Bones Believed To Be Victims Of Nazi Euthanasia Program
MENDEN, GERMANY--Skeletons of children believed to have had physical and intellectual disabilities were found last week in an unmarked grave near a hospital where Nazis performed euthanasia during World War II.
According to Deutsche Welle news service, excavators found bones of twenty children between the ages of 1 to 7 years, alongside skeletons of five adults in the mass grave.
The local prosecutors said there was reason to believe the remains belonged to victims of the Nazi euthanasia program, which was practiced publicly from 1939 to 1941, and secretly until the end of the war in 1945.
An estimated 70,000 Europeans with disabilities were killed during Adolf Hitler's campaign to rid his "Master Race" of what the Nazis called "useless eaters".
Methods used to murder millions of Jews and people from other groups -- such as lethal injections and mass gassing -- were first performed and perfected on people with disabilities, most of them children.
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