Hitler Regime Gassed Cousin As Part Of Euthanasia Campaign
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 19, 2005
VIENNA, AUSTRIA--Adolf Hitler's campaign to rid Europe of people with disabilities resulted in the death of one of his second-cousins, two researchers revealed Tuesday.
Historian Timothy Ryback announced that he and fellow researcher Florian Beierl found records proving that the woman, identified only as Aloisia V., was gassed to death on December 6, 1940 at Hartheim Castle near Linz, Austria.
Aloisia's grandmother was sister to Hitler's grandmother on his father's side of the family. Medical records discovered last week showed that Aloisia had schizophrenia, depression, and other mental illnesses. She was confined for a time in a caged bed before she was killed.
"It's painful to see what this woman went through," Ryback told Focus magazine. "It highlights the cruelty and brutality of that system to an excruciating degree."
The Nazi regime sterilized, tortured or killed hundreds of thousands of Europeans with mental and physical disabilities over a decade-long campaign to "cleanse" the Aryan race of what Hitler called "useless eaters".
Hitler's 49-year-old cousin was one of thousands of people with mental disabilities the Nazis killed at Hartheim Castle through lethal injections and gassing. Nazi SS officers used the castle to perfect the killing methods they would later use to murder millions of European Jews, Gypsies, Russians and others in the extermination camps at Treblinka and Auschwitz.
It is not known whether Hitler knew of his cousin's euthanasia. A secret 1944 Gestapo document, however, reportedly called Aloisia's side of the family "idiotic progeny". Mr. Beierl said that members of the family "crashed into suicide and mental illness" and eventually the family line "died out".
"Hitler's secrecy about his family was legendary," Ryback said. "After 60 years we know why he really had something to hide".
The researchers said they plan to further investigate mental illness within Hitler's family. They also plan to turn their findings over to other experts to determine if Hitler himself might have been affected by mental illness.
"Hitler's mentally ill relative was sent to gas chamber" (The Guardian)