Dating parents disabled children
The parents of a four-year-old boy with cerebral palsy have said the €15m settlement made by a maternity hospital was not "some form of Lotto win" and they would hand it back "in a heartbeat" if it meant their son could get back "what was robbed from him".The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, agreed with Eoin Mc Callig's father Anthony there must be a "better way" of dealing with cases involving catastrophically injured children than through litigation extending over years to a "bitter end" and last minute settlement offers.
As early as 1895, he demanded that human offspring should not: " be left to the chance encounter of a drunken moment.According to French journalist, Philippe Aziz, in an interview, this child was supposed to have been traced in 1973 to a "Kressler" family in Pomßen.However, Benzenhöfer came to the conclusion, after several days of investigation, that "Child K" was in fact Gerhard Herbert Kretschmar, born on the 20 February 1939 in Pomßen and who died on 25 July 1939.This form of eugenics was eventually the basis of the National Socialist genetic health policy which was elevated to the rank of state doctrine.In 1929 Hitler said at the Nazi Party Conference in Nuremberg, "that an average annual removal of 700,000-800,000 of the weakest of a million babies meant an increase in the power of the nation and not a weakening".This office was an agency of the Nazi Party and a private chancellery placed under the direct authority of Hitler which employed about 195 staff in 1939.
Main Office IIb under Hans Hefelmann and his deputy, Richard von Hegener, was responsible for "clemency".
Petitions from parents of disabled children to the Hitler's Chancellery (KDF) asked for their children to be given "mercy killing" were used as a justifiable excuse and to demonstrate external demand.
The Nazi euthanasia killings may be broadly divided into the following phases: The immediate occasion for the beginning of the organized euthanasia of children is considered in the literature to be the so-called case of "Child K".
The all too common name, "Knauer Case", should not be used according to the findings of medical historian, Udo Benzenhöfer, in 2006.
In this particular case, the parents submitted a request that their severely disabled child be granted a "mercy killing", the application being received at an unverifiable time before the middle of 1939 at the Office of the Führer (KDF), also known as Hitler's Chancellery.
) was the name given to the organised murder of severely mentally and physically handicapped children and young people up to 16 years old during the Nazi era in over 30 so-called special children's wards.