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Many German eugenicists were nationalists and antisemites, who embraced the Nazi regime with enthusiasm.
Secret killing of infants began in 1939 and increased after the war started. Hitler was in favour of killing those whom he judged to be lebensunwertes Leben (Life unworthy of life).
Their ideas were gradually adopted by the majority of the German medical profession, from which Jewish and communist doctors were soon purged.
During the 1930s the Nazi Party had carried out a campaign of propaganda in favour of euthanasia.
In July 1933 "Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring" prescribed compulsory sterilisation for people with conditions thought to be hereditary, such as schizophrenia, epilepsy, Huntington's chorea and "imbecility".
Sterilisation was also legalised for chronic alcoholism and other forms of social deviance.