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How Nazis used MS to promote murder

Hi, Here is another article I have written about MS and the Nazis on the Barts MS Research blog: https://multiple-sclerosis-research.org/2019/12/ich-klage-an/ This piece focuses on the Nazi propaganda film - "Ich Klage An" or "I Accuse" - which tells the story of a woman who has MS. The film was made by the Nazis to convince the German people to accept their programme of mass killing of the disabled. The Allies banned the film after the war - and it still cannot be publicly screened in places like the UK due to its incendiary content. Warning – the content is very disturbing Rachel



30 years ago I lived in Germany for 5 years, when I invited my friend over who was wheelchair bound through muscular dystrophy. It soon became apparent that he should be kept out of sight, people would cross the road or just totally avoid us. All the time, I was there I can honestly say I never came across another wheelchair user or any people with a visible disability. I so much hope that things have changed for the better today.... And eugenics is still being practiced to this day in certain parts of this civilised world we live in. Scratch the surface a little deeper and you'll find the idiollogíe of it, is still being practiced to this very day.



I never knew how much people with either a visible or a invisible disability were treated until I became seriously ill myself, and to be honest I was one of those people who didn't give a shit, and i'm SORRY.



Me too - I am embarrassed to admit. One of the few positive things about having MS is that I have become more empathetic towards people - and yes, I am sorry too for my lack of awareness.



About 5 years ago our 4H club started visiting the local senior center with our pets. We usually bring dogs and the occasional cat but being in a rural community we had members bring in sheep, chickens and we brought in a rabbit as well. Of course the residents enjoy this and some would recount their days of being "on the farm" and the animals they had. It was good for them. What I was most after, though, was the impact on the kids. Initially my daughter had a hard time relating to these people and was very uncomfortable around them. They were old. Most all of them were in wheelchairs. Some couldn't talk, they slobbered, their heads just hung or other hard things for kids to acknowledge. The important thing was that she got better. Now she has no problem approaching a resident and introducing herself and her dog/pet and starting a conversation. I should also add she is the introvert ;-) I am the flaming extrovert so this has never been a problem for me. But- it is a "skill" to be learned to be able to connect with someone you feel you have nothing in common with. Start with we are both humans, treat them as such and move from there. I am glad I forced her to do it as it brought positive changes to her and the other kids in the club that participated. Also- I had a horse trainer (dressage and jumping) from Germany that had twin girls and a son and in that time I went through pregnancy and had a daughter. She made a comment that "in the old days" many babies didn't survive childbirth when midwives handled the births at home. If something appeared wrong with the baby it just "didn't make it". Once births were handled in hospitals they couldn't do that anymore as how it would reflect on the Dr and hospital to have recorded infant mortalities. I was mortified but she was matter-of-fact and that was just how it was done and didn't really sound like she thought any should have changed. wow... Of course MS can't be detected at birth but it just showed, to me, an intolerance for any weakness in a person. It made me wonder how much of the logic still exists in the culture although I know many people from Germany that are wonderful, caring people and some of the engineers I have worked with were brilliant and, of course, we have to recognize their equestrian skills as they beat us in every Olympics ;-0



Thank you for your thoughts - really insightful and heart-warming. What you wrote rings so true... I think growing up I didn't really know anyone who wasn't able-bodied... so I just didn't know how to connect - or have that ease or familiarity. Plus I didn't grow up with any elderly relatives around... And yes I know exactly what you say about dressage... and eventing. Not really fair...



Mankind can really really be Bastards they can cut shoot experiment on people for there need !!! Seriously Sad and scary i guess this was how the "Walking Dead" came about !!! "Just saying" hmmmmmm