The date is July 14, 1933, and the ”Law for the Prevention of Progeny with Hereditary Diseases” is dictated and announced by the National Socialist Nazi party, the ruling government in Germany.
This dictate contains within it the authority for the ruling government to create “genetic courts”, accompanying Race and Resettlement offices and officers, and sterilize any citizen who was handicap, or deemed handicap or “unworthy”, against their will [Source].
According to the text of the dictate, “anyone who has a hereditary illness can be rendered sterile by surgical operation if, according to the experience of medical science, there is a strong probability that his/her progeny will suffer from serious hereditary defects of a physical or mental nature..”[Source].
Additionally, anyone who suffered from “Congenital feeble-mindedness, Schizophrenia, Manic depression, Hereditary epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea, Hereditary blindness, Hereditary deafness, Serious physical deformities, and chronic alcoholism can be sterilised” [Source].
With the creation of over 200 “genetic health courts”, the Nazis and ruling government sterilized over 400,000 people, just within the six years before World War Two. Under this law, it was essentially declared that any thought of ownership of your own body was a dream, and that because you did not own your body, you could be forced to undergo sterilization, procedures alike, and procedures worse.
Propaganda was used, and as always, utilized the tool of fear, by brainwashing German citizens into believing that the sick, or the handicap, or those who were deemed unacceptable by the State, were deserving of nothing but sterilization and worse, because their individual health was a threat to the collective health of the nation [Source]. The “hereditary unhealthiness” of certain citizens was deemed a threat to national security and strength.
Germans gave in to what has plagued nearly every nation in history, the sacrifice of essential liberty for temporal security or relief. As the mass-sterilization started and proceeded, with little enough resistance to continue and enough propaganda to convince the population of the existence of a necessary sacrifice for the public good, kids, adults, neighbors, friends, and family were kidnapped by government agents and forcibly sterilized.
Of course, the tyranny did not just stop there. As government and tyranny both do over time, expansion occurred. Just six years after the announcement of the “Law for the Prevention of Progeny with Hereditary Diseases”, the T-4 Euthanasia Program, in which tyrannical government took between 50,000 and 60,000 German lives, just between December 1939, and August 1941, was enacted [Source].
The T-4 Euthanasia program was the evolution of the prevention of progeny with hereditary disease law, delivering the authority to government to not waste time with sterilization of those deemed worthless by government doctors, and instead, “euthanize” and murder them within gas chambers.
It was from there, the T-4 Program, its causalities, and the reaction from the public, or lack of reaction from the public, that Hitler expanded again, enacting the “Final Solution“, the genocide of the Jewish people and full transformation into a totalitarian state.
As you can inference from the chronological order of events, the complete totalitarian state did not exist from the beginning. Inch by inch, foot by foot, meter by meter, legislation is passed, legislation is enforced, rights are ignored, rights are sacrificed, and the cycle of tyranny continued on.
The acceptance of compromise with tyranny is the acceptance of incremental tyranny.
There must be a Rule of Law that the government operates by, and sacrificing, and compromising, and any other passive-aggressive terminology which applies cannot even be considered. If you sacrifice a RIGHT, you eliminate the precedence of a right, and if you compromise the Rule of Law, no Rule of Law exists.
May this day in history move individuals to heed the warning and re-examine principle, integrity, and Liberty.