Nurses and Midwives in Nazi Germany

Author(s): 
Benedict, Susan
Author(s): 
Sheilds, Linda
ISBN: 
9780415896658
Date published: 
July 2014
Hardback
Price: 
£80.00

In the late 1930s, the National Socialism government of Germany began eliminating individuals with mental or physical disabilities at six "killing centres". By August 1941, knowledge of the killings had spread to the general public and Hitler called for the program to end. However, over 70,000 people were killed at the established centres and in psychiatric hospitals, with an estimated 10,000 killed by nurses. This book offers a pioneering and startling historical analysis of the ways in which nurses were involved in and central to the success of the Nazi "euthanasia" program.