Past Practices

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Editor:

In the Aug. 22 "Look back" comment describing the systematic murder of the mentally ill and handicapped in Germany until 1941, which developed in the early 1930s in Germany, originated in the United States and lasted from the late 1920s to the early 1930s.

I can't recall all of the TV special on the program, but I think that it focused on the Eastern and Southern states. As I remember, the numbers of citizens in the U.S. who were subjected to this arbitrary death were few compared to Germany. However, the thought originated in the U.S.

In the movie, "Judgment at Nuremberg," Montgomery Clift portrayed the part of a sterilized person who asked, "Was my mother mentally retarded?" No answer was provided for this question.

I am not criticizing my country, but just pointing out that these were accepted practices in the United States at one time, and that at another, later, time were not acceptable.

Richard A. Bowers

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