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After such attacks against offficial organs of the state, stronger in form and tenor than the earlier mentioned, more hidden accusations, the Bishop of Muenster on 3 August in a sermon to his diocesans came out with the most severe attack against the leadership of the German government ever made during the past decades. After first dealing again with the closing with those religious houses and convents he turns against the execution of measures concerning Euthanasia for incurable cases of feeblemindedness. He first sets for the argument against Euthanasia and then goes so far as to claim the following:
"Yes, citizens of Muenster, wounded soliders are being killed recklessly, since they are, productively, of no more use to the state. Mother, your boy will be killed too, if he comes back home from the front wounded." He closes with the remark that the inhabitants of Muenster had not understood God's vengence which came in the form of English air attacks and he incites the faithful to open opposition, even if they should have to die for it.
For your information I enclose the original text of the sermon.
The allegation of Bishop of Muenster that wounded soldiers are threatened by measures of Euthanasia was spread by several broadcasts of the London radio.
I have seen references in newspapers to euthanasia of wounded soldiers in American newspapers around about October 1941 - obviously I can't rule out they appeared earlier or first on radio. In Goebbels' diary there is also an angry entry regarding Galen and gassing wounded soldiers (denying it is taking place obviously).
Did such an accusation appear in Galen's sermons? Was it a practice?
Because of the absolute secrecy and impenetrability in which measures are carried out; not only the wildest rumours arise among the people (for instance, that people who cannot work because of age or wounds received in the Great War, have been done away with or are also to be done away with), but also they get the impression that the selection of the persons affected by this measure is done in a completely arbitrary manner.
Hugo Suchomel, LL. D., the highest official after the Minister in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Justice, says in his affidavit that when Brack, as representative of the defendant Brandt, gave a lecture on euthanasia in the Ministry of Justice in 1942, he enumerated, as the classes of persons who were exempted from the program, the war- wounded and persons who had become insane as a result of air attacks.
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