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In the early years of Nazi Germany, Hitler ordered the euthanasia program, codenamed Aktion T4, to eliminate those “unworthy of life”. The first series of murders were by starvation, then lethal injection before finally evolving to the gas chamber and cremation. Unlike in the concentration camps doctors, not soldiers, were put in charge of deciding those who were executed. Over 400,000 Germans were sterilized while just about 200,000 were exterminated for having various mental disabilities.
Dr. Hans Munch, called the "Good Man Of Auschwictz", was the only doctor who helped the prisoners from the inside. He faked experiments to keep the prisoners from being gassed, refused to choose those to be killed at risk of his own life, and even helped some escape. . At risk of his own life, he did what he could to save as many as he could. He was later put on trial, but because of so many Jewish witnesses stating his goodness to them, he was completely acquitted.
12 Apr 1968, Saigon, Vietnam --- 4/12/1968-Saigon, Vietnam- Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division look at the bodies of more than 50 Viet Cong killed in the Battle of Good Friday 80 miles NW of Saigon 4/12. The Infantry Division was participating in Operation Complete Victory when their campsite was attacked. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS