Policy Intersections Research Center Commissions New Release of Controversial 1920 Publication: "Allowing the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life: Its Measure and Form"

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New translation by Dr. Cristina Modak allows readers to examine the philosophical basis that Germany's doctors relied on in the 1920s and 1930s leading up to the Holocaust

Allowing the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life: Its Measure and Form

Policy Intersections Research Center (PIRC) announces the release of a new edition of the controversial 1920 German publication, "Allowing the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life: Its Measure and Form". In this new translation by Dr. Cristina Modak, readers are able to examine the philosophical basis that Germany's doctors relied on in the 1920s and 1930s. A foreword by PIRC's director prompts the reader to consider just how far away modern medical ethics is from Binding and Hoche's arguments.

Anthony Horvath, Executive Director of the PIRC says, "Many people do not realize that the Germans were methodically killing fellow Germans before they were killing Jews, gypsies, and dissidents." He adds, "Germans of all ages were targeted. Hundreds of thousands received 'treatment.' Fewer people know that the philosophical foundations for the Nazi actions were laid many years earlier, even before the National Socialist party was created."

Horvath describes the purpose of the PIRC by stating, "‘The PIRC believes that limited government’ is itself a life issue, for it is in the great expanse of government where concerns related to abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, etc, are embroiled, hidden in the complexities of bureaucracies and committees, and more." With that in mind, Horvath explains the background of the book. He says, "In a sober, academic discussion, professors Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche argued that there were 'lives unworthy of life' and for the good of society, and indeed, out of compassion for the worthless individuals, such people could be ethically killed."

Allowing the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life: Its Measure and Form is available in paperback from Amazon and it is also available for download for the Kindle.

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