Dr. Martin Stämmler Tells Nazi Physicians About Possible Enactment of Sterilization Law

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Dr. Martin Stämmler, director of the Pathological Institute of Chemnitz, gives a lecture to a group of Nazi physicians about the possibility of enacting a law for the sterilization of the physically and mentally unfit once the Nazi Party comes to power in Germany.

Dr. Stämmler proposes classifying German citizens into different classes so that those who might give birth to "misfits" can be efficiently sterilized, thus protecting "race hygiene."

He also recommends that all women be taken out of the work force, factories, and offices and sent back to the homes so that they can fulfill the duties of motherhood.

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