Bishop Wurm Writes to Wilhelm Frick Protesting Execution of the Disabled Hot

Bishop Wurm Writes to Wilhelm Frick Protesting Execution of the Disabled

Bishop Theophil Wurm

Bishop Theophil Wurm of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Württemberg writes a letter to Wilhelm Frick, Reich Minister of the Interior, protesting the execution of disabled people.

Bishop Wurm writes:

"For some months past, insane, feeble-minded and epileptic patients of state and private medical establishments have been transferred to another institution on the orders of the Reich Defense Council.

Their relatives, even when the patient was kept at their cost, are not informed of the transfer until after it has taken place. Mostly they are informed a few weeks later that the patient concerned had died of an illness, and that, owing to the danger of infection, the body had to be cremated.

On a superficial estimate several hundred patients from institutions in Württemberg alone must have met their death in this way, among them war-wounded of the Great War. ...

Everybody is convinced that the causes of deaths which are published officially are selected at random. When, to crown everything, regret is expressed in the obituary notice that all endeavors to preserve the patient's life were in vain, this is felt as a mockery.

But is, above all, the air of mystery which gives rise to the thought that something is happening that is contrary to justice and ethics and cannot therefore be defended by the Government with full publicity like other necessary and severe war measures.

This point is continually stressed — by simple people as well — in numerous written and oral statements which come to us. It also appears that very little care was taken, at the first at any rate, in the selection of the patients destined for annihilation.

They did not limit themselves to insane persons, but included also persons capable of work, especially among the epileptics."

Thus far Wurm has been silent in the face of war, persecution against Jews, the destruction of civil liberties, and more.


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