useless eaters

It is possible to a large extent to prevent unhealthy and severely handicapped beings from coming into the world. I have studied with interest the laws of several American states concerning prevention of reproduction by people whose progeny would, in all probability, be of no value or be injurious to the racial stock.  Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf.

It is not surprising that disabled children became the first victims of the Holocaust.

They were quickly followed by disabled adults.

Both offered the template for the more ambitious killings that were to follow.

This included their wholesale murder in rolling gas chambers kitted out as shower trucks.

crushed faces scream

silent against glass

harbingers

of blood-red nightmares

the useless eaters

 published in Atlas Poetica 35
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