Karl Kristian Steincke

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Karl Kristian Steincke
Karl Kristian Steincke.

Karl Kristian Vilhelm Steincke (25 August 1880 – 8 August 1963), was a Danish politician. He was Justice Minister of Denmark from 1924 to 1926 in the Cabinet of Stauning I, Social Minister from 1929 to 1935 in the Cabinet of Stauning II, and Justice Minister from 1935 to 1939 in the Cabinet of Stauning III and in 1950 in the Cabinets of Hedtoft I and II.[1] He has been cited as the chief architect of the Danish welfare state with the Social Reform Acts of the early 1930s.[2]

Eugenics[edit]

Steincke is especially known for his book The Future's Social Welfare (Danish: Fremtidens forsørgelsesvæsen) from 1920 in which he foretells:

"We treat the nonentity with all kind of care and love, but forbid him, in return, only to reproduce himself."

His book was the basis of the Danish laws about Eugenics, the sterilization and castration of unwanted elements. Steincke regarded the prevention of "non-entities" reproducing as important for society and for the "non-entity's" children.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Skou, Kaare R. (2005). Dansk politik A-Å (in Danish). Aschehoug. pp. 640–1. ISBN 87-11-11652-8. 
  2. ^ Paul, Diane. Controlling Human Heredity. pp. 88–9. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Svenning Rytter
Justice Minister of Denmark
23 April 1924 – 14 December 1926
Succeeded by
Svenning Rytter
Preceded by
Social Minister of Denmark
30 April 1929 – 4 November 1935
Succeeded by
Ludvig Christensen
Preceded by
Carl Theodor Zahle
Justice Minister of Denmark
4 November 1935 – 15 September 1939
Succeeded by
Svend Unmack Larsen
Preceded by
Charles Petersen
Speaker of the Landsting
7 January 1948 – 15 March 1950
Succeeded by
Ingeborg Hansen
Preceded by
Vilhelm Buhl
Justice Minister of Denmark
4 March 1950 – 30 October 1950
Succeeded by
Helga Pedersen
Preceded by
Ingeborg Hansen
Speaker of the Landsting
1951 – 1952
Succeeded by
Ingeborg Hansen