Germany's Nazis Create 200 Genetic Health Courts for Decisions on Sterilization Hot

Germany's Nazis Create 200 Genetic Health Courts for Decisions on Sterilization

Candidates for Eugenics Sterilization, 1934

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In Germany, the Nazis establish two hundred Genetic Health Courts across the country. These courts are to be staffed by doctors who will examine children and make a determination as to whether they should be sterilized or not.

The decision of these Genetic Health Courts can be appealed up to a Higher Genetic Health Court, where again doctors rather than judges make the legally binding decisions. A decision for sterilization here cannot be appealed and can in fact be imposed by force if necessary.

Later, the July 1933 law authorizing the creation of these Genetic Health Courts will be amended to include sanctions for doctors who fail to refer children to the courts when they know that the courts will arrive at a decision in favor of sterilization. Teachers will also be encouraged to report children who appear to qualify.

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