August 1944 Dr. Karl Brandt, Hitler's personal physician,
was appointed Reich Commissioner for Sanitation and
Health, ranked as the highest Reich authority. He was
authorized to issue instructions to the medical
organizations of the government, to the party, and the
armed forces, in the field of health.
He participated in the euthanasia program, which involved
the systematic execution of the aged, insane, incurably
ill, or deformed children by gas or lethal injections in
nursing homes, hospitals and asylums.
They were regarded as 'useless eaters' and a burden to the
German war machine.
Karl Brandt was one of the 15 defendants found guilty of
war crimes at the Doctors Trial. He was executed June 2,
1948 at Landsberg prison in Bavaria.
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