Death of Alfred Hoche - Wrote Extensively in Defense of Euthanasia and Eugenics Hot

Death of Alfred Hoche - Wrote Extensively in Defense of Euthanasia and Eugenics

Alfred Hoche, 1923

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Alfred Hoche dies in Baden-Baden, Germany. An opponent of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis theories, he wrote extensively in defense of euthanasia and eugenics.

Hoche wrote, "Perhaps one day we will come to the conclusion that the disposal of the mentally dead is not criminally or morally wrong, but a useful act." He also wrote that the state can be seen "as an organism, as a human body which—as every doctor knows—in the interests of the survival of the whole, gives up or discards parts which have become valueless or damaging."

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