Unlebenswurdig is a term adopted by the Nazi's through the
works of Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche, entitled Die Freigabe
der Vernichtung lebensunwerten Lebens (Authorization for the
destruction of life unworthy of life). This book focuses on the lives
of individuals which are "unworthy to live". It systematically
justifies the right to assist those individuals in suicide, promoting
euthanasia towards the terminally ill, and feebleminded. The Nazi
ideology applied the discoveries of Charles Darwin, his theory of the "survival of the
fittest", and the works of Binding and Hoche to the Aryan Myth.
Euthanasia programs developed throughout Nazi occupation resulting in the death of 6 million people throughout Europe. Jews were not the only target of Nazi euthanasia. Nazi's extended their hatred to include Gypsies, the physically and mentally ill, and homosexuals. Sterilization, gassing and cremation were the fate of almost all individuals that were termed "unworthy to live". These were seen as unproductive individuals, a burden to the German people.