Category: lethal chamber
As quoted in Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America: Some eugenic proponents, such as Lewellys F. Barker and G. Frank Lydston, were not just directors of institutions but major names in the field of medicine. Barker was the physician-in-chief at John Hopkins Hospital; Lydston, a professor […]
One of the earliest, more definitive beginnings of the Eugenics movement, was this address given by Francis Galton. Eugenics got its bad rap by its association with the Nazis. Its important to observe that its most ardent proponents were Americans. “Eugenics: Its Definition, Scope, and Aims” by Francis Galton. Read before the Sociological Society at a […]
DH Lawrence in a letter to Blanche Jennings, October 9, 1908. [Reference] If I had my way, I would build a lethal chamber as big as the Crystal Palace, with a military band playing softly, and a Cinematograph working brightly; then I’d go out in the back streets and main streets and bring them in, […]
[People] have no reason to feel guilty about putting a Down’s syndrome baby away, whether it’s “put away” in the sense of hidden in a sanitarium or in a more responsible lethal sense. It is sad; yes. Dreadful. But it carries no guilt. True guilt arises only from an offense against a person, and a Down’s is not a person.
Author Virginia Woolf, in a 1915 diary entry describing some people she saw while on a walk: we met & had to pass a long line of imbeciles. the first was a very tall young man, just queer enough to look at twice, but no more; the second shuffled, & looked aside; and then one […]
Mass Extermination and ‘Lethal Chambers’ Widely Considered by Eugenicists in America, England, and Germay
Long before the Nazis implemented the ‘Final Solution,’ American and English eugenicists had talked often of the use of ‘lethal chambers’ to deal with the pressing problem of the ‘unfit.’ You can imagine Hitler’s surprise, when, after acting on precisely what elites in America and England had long been advocating for, he was perceived as […]