Hereditary Health Court

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The Hereditary Health Court (German: Erbgesundheitsgericht), also known as, the Genetic Health Court, were courts that decided whether people should be forcibly sterilized in Nazi Germany.

Dr Karl Astel was in charge of the Hereditary Health Supreme Court from 1934 to 1937.[1]

Some respondents were described by Lothrop Stoddard, an American eugenicist, visiting the Nazi state in 1939. That day tried were an 'apelike man' who had married a Jewish woman, a manic depressive, a deaf and mute girl, and a 'mentally retarded' girl.[2]

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  1. ^ Günter Grau, Claudia Schoppmann, Patrick Camiller (1995). Hidden holocaust?: gay and lesbian persecution in Germany, 1933–45. Taylor & Francis. p. xvii. ISBN 978-1-884964-15-2. 
  2. ^ Stefan Kühl (2001). The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism. Oxford University Press US. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-19-514978-4. Retrieved 2009-11-09.