Nazi euthanasia memorial planned in Germany

5th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Nazis used the gas chamber in the town 80 kilometres west of Berlin as a "test killing" for their later use in the Holocaust, Brandenburg state's memorial association said in a statement.

Berlin -- Authorities in the eastern German town of Brandenburg-an-der-Havel announced plans last week for a memorial for the more than 9,000 mentally ill patients gassed there by the Nazis in 1940.

The Nazis used the gas chamber in the town 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Berlin as a "test killing" for their later use in the Holocaust, Brandenburg state's memorial association said in a statement.

It was one of six main sites used to kill the mentally ill as part of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's so-called euthanasia programme in which an estimated 200,000 physically and mentally disabled people, including children, were murdered.

The memorial is due to be finished by the end of 2011 and will be accompanied by a permanent exhibition about the euthanasia programme and the Holocaust.

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