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Okay calm down, calm down - he didn't do it on purpose. Point is that I've been researching eugenics as a background for my dissertation. Literature informing society and vice versa, basically writers will have been influenced by social issues at the time.

Well, I found out stuff that made my toes curl. A Virginia Woolf diary entry commented about a group of people with learning disabilities, "Certainly they should be killed."
DH Lawrence wanted to construct a lethal chamber the size of the Crystal Palace
and lead "the sick, the halt and the maimed" to it and they would give him "a weary smile of thanks".
HG Wells, Charles Darwin, Yeats, Aldous Huxley and so on. The US and Britain and Europe were taking the idea very seriously indeed. We escaped enforced sterilisation of the "mentally enfeebled", which incidentally included people with epilepsy - my disability, by the skin of our teeth in 1913. Other nations didn't fare so well, but with the Galton Institute (now the English Eugenics Society) and a staunch following of British writers and philosophers it would be unwise for us to be smug about no legislation being in place. Winston Churchill incidentally gave the 1913 Mental Deficency Bill his support.

Then up popped Adolf Hitler and buggered everything by taking the theory to its logical conclusion and the rest, as they say, is history. Hence my statement that ironically, if he hadn't carried out the programme of mass murder, eugenics would've still been a popular idea and who knows, a relative of mine may have been sterilised and this blog would not exist.

Take care

In five hundred years time, most of us will be forgotten dust. But Hitler will still be remembered, God loves irony.

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The following comments are for "Htler saved my life???!!!!!"
by Ogg

The Mental Deficiency Bill became the Mental Deficiency Act in 1913 but only allowed for segregation of those judged to be 'mentally enfeebled' into institutions and did not permit enforced sterilisation, although it was no doubt 'gently encouraged'. I thought I'd caught this mistake in time but hadn't. Sorry for any confusion.

( Posted by: Ogg [Member] On: October 10, 2006 )

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