19 April 2019

19th April 1874 - Ernst Rüdin was born

Swiss Psychiatrist Ernst Rüdin was born on 19th April 1874. He published studies showing a genetic cause in some mental conditions. Then when the Nazis came to power in Germany he emigrated there and argued that people diagnosed with genetic conditions should be sterilised to protect the German race. His scientific evidence gave support to the the 1933 German law allowing the sterilisation of people with various mental conditions. In later years the Nazis also killed mental patients. He may not have been directly involved in the killings but his ideas gave justification to Nazi atrocities. After the end of the war he was placed under house arrest but claimed his work had been scientific and got off fairly lightly.

Thankyou to wikipedia 19 april for the date

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