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Germany Building Memorial To Hitler's Euthanasia Victims
While everyone knows about the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust, Hitler's other victims are often forgotten. They include socialists, Communists, blacks, homosexuals, Gypsies and anyone else who didn't fit the vision of a pure Aryan society.
Hitler started a program, known as Action T4, to eliminate the mentally and physically disabled in 1939. Surviving documents show at least 70,000 people were killed, but historians estimate the number may actually be as many as 200,000.
The BBC reports that construction is underway on a memorial to these victims next to the Berlin office where the program was managed. The memorial will be a 100-foot glass wall. The city already has monuments to the Jewish, Gypsy and homosexual victims of Hitler's reign.
This Nazi-era advertisement is typical of the official attitude. It reads: "60000 RM (Reichsmark) this is what this person suffering from hereditary defects costs the Community of Germans during his lifetime. Fellow Citizen, that is your money, too. Read 'New People.' The monthly magazine of the Office for Race Politics of the NSDAP."