One of the most disturbing aspects of the Holocaust I find is the fact that so many who were instrumental in so many evil deeds, were allowed to continue after the war.
In February or March 1939 a farmer called Richard Kretschmar requested Catel’s permission to euthanize one of his children, the child we now know to have been Gerhard Kretschmar, often referred to as Child K, who had been born blind and deformed.
Werner Catel deferred the matter and advised the father to write directly to Hitler for permission. Hitler subsequently sent Dr. Karl Brandt to confer with Catel and decide on a course of action. On July 25, 1939 the child was killed. It would be the first child to be killed under Aktion T4 or the T-4 program, technically the poor boy would become the pilot case.
A year later, Werner Catel set up »children’s wards in…
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