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Photo of three women standing outside in dresses, back marked with “Schwachsinn Rasse Krankes Volk 14” and 2 Nazi party stamps in blue ink.
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: These cards were sent from the German Leadership Office for Officials (police, etc.) perhaps for educational purposes. Hand stamps of the organization- Hauptamt fuer Beamte, Reichsleitung- are verso, along with a title “Race-Sick People.” Schwachsinn refers to their mental disability. In the Third Reich, these women would be considered lebensunwertes Leben” (“Life unworthy of life”) a blight on the Reich notion of racial purity and an economic burden on the state. Consequently, they would be subject to “mercy killing.” Patients selected for death would be transported to euthanasia centers- six in all- in Germany or Austria.
6 x 4"
Euthanasia, T-4 Program, Karl Brandt, Philipp Bouhler, Viktor Brack
1933-1938: Nazification and Early Stages of Persecution: Identification, Expropriation and Aryanization; and Emigration; First Concentration Camps; Sterilization and Euthanasia Program; Internment Camps
"Third Reich Racial Purity Real Photo Postcard of Women with Disabilities" (1935). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2019.2.194.