- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Ivan R. Dee (June 9, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1566635659
- ISBN-13: 978-1566635653
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forgotten Crimes: The Holocaust and People with Disabilities Hardcover – June 9, 2004
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This book is essential reading for everyone interested in the underlying dynamics of the disability rights movement.... Without knowing our own history, we cannot fully comprehend the depths of prejudices that continue to define disability today. (Laurence Paradis, Executive Director, Disabilities Rights Advocates)
Forgotten Crimes is an essential, unique and careful study of the Nazi euthanasia program....The author...reminds us of the dangers of all discrimination against the disabled. (John Weiss)
One of the least known aspects of the bestiality of the Nazi regime: tens of thousands of German handicapped were exterminated and many others sterilized. An important book about the destruction of the medical ethics by a totalitarian regime. (Radu Ioanid)
Evans…concludes that…the suffering of the disability community…must never be forgotten. If you read this book, you'll remember. (Quest)
A pioneering, long overdue record of Nazi Germany's campaign against the physically and mentally disabled. (Virginian-Pilot)
Scholarly assessment and reflection. (Bookwatch)
Provides a quick and interesting introduction to the situation of people with disabilities during the Holocaust. (Sara Vogt H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online)
Forgotten Crimes recounts in brutal detail the history of the Nazi campaign of extermination against Europeans with disabilities. (Fred Pelka Review of Disability Studies)
An absolutely compelling piece. (Lisa Ossian Disability Studies Quarterly)
About the Author
Suzanne Evans is a lawyer and former business reporter who holds a a Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley. Her most recent book is Machiavelli for Moms: Maxims on the Effective Governance of Children (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, April 2013)
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I thought I knew a lot about the Holocaust, but until I read this, I did not know that they started out by attacking and murdering many of their own people.
They rounded up and gassed German children who had club feet, cleft palates, or who had Down's syndrome.
They rounded up and gasses German people who had schizophrenia, manic-depression, mental retardation, and told all the families that their relatives died of disease, a few weeks after they had been picked up.
I think the number was 400,000 killed. And the doctors and nurses who did this, after the war was over, kept practicing medicine.
I found the book to be well researched, and totally condemning the 'scientific racism' that drove the Nazis.
People who have misty eyed thoughts about eugenics and 'cleaning up the gene pool' should be forced to read this.
Also, all people in medical school. This book should be a required text for student doctors and nurses of all kinds.
A humbling reminder of what humans are capable of if we do not value life.
A very important book.