Aktion T4, The Nazi Program That Slaughtered 300,000 Disabled People

Anti Oligarch

By Richard Stockton
Published May 3, 2018Updated February 28, 2019

Inside the Aktion T4 program, the little-known Nazi euthanasia initiative that killed as many as 300,000 disabled people.

Aktion T4 Program Children

Friedrich Franz Bauer/German Federal Archives via Wikimedia CommonsThis photo, taken by shows several boys with Down Syndrome who are being held at the Heilanstalt Schönbrunn sanatorium near Dachau concentration camp on Feb. 16, 1934. Children like this would soon fall victim to the Aktion T4 euthanasia program.

Both prior to and during the Holocaust, Nazi authorities executed a massive yet lesser-known program of targeted mass killing aimed at some of the most vulnerable people under their control: the disabled.

Starting as a euthanasia program that eliminated disabled infants and children deemed unfit to live and expanding in time to cover disabled adults and the elderly, the program ended in 1941 amid a welter of protests from many quarters of German society.

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