Psychiatry in the Third Reich: Godwin’s rule confirmed?

The President-elect of the British Psychological Association drops the N word and invokes the Holocaust in denouncing mental health professionals who embrace the biomedical model.” […] 

Read more: (PLOS Blogs – August 2015 – by )

Godwin’s rule: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches”

“German psychiatrists proposed the extermination of mental patients before Hitler came to power.” […]

Read more: (Int J Risk Saf Med – 1993- by Peter R. Breggin).


Psychiatric diagnosis: Goodwin’s rule confirmed? Re: I don’t think so.

Nazi Euthanasia of the Mentally Ill at Hadamar


More: Langenbeck’s Archives

Mentally ill and Jewish in World War II

Overview of German, Nazi, and Holocaust medicine

Perverted Psychiatry

Psychiatric Genocide – Reflections and Responsibilities

Psychiatry and political–institutional abuse from the historical perspective

Psychiatry during the Nazi era

Psychiatry in the Nazi Era

Psychiatry’s Drug Addiction

Survivors, victims and perpetrators – essays on the nazi holocaust

The Army Psychiatrist – An Adjunct in the System of Social Control

The army, the soldier and the psychiatrist

The coroner’s court and the psychiatrist

The Jewish psychiatric hospital, Zofiowka, in Otwock, Poland

The Military Influence Upon Freud’s Dynamic Psychiatry

The Nuremberg mind – the psychology of the nazi leaders

The role of psychopharmacology in the medical abuses of the Third Reich

The Social Psychiatry of Frantz Fanon

Throwing Away the Key

US Army psychiatry legacies of the Vietnam war

Psychiatry: Historical Articles – figshare.

Godwin’s rule confirmed:

“Así como Hitler infundió odio contra los judíos diciendo que eran la base del mal y una raza inferior y todo terminó con el asesinato de seis millones de judíos, la dictadura castro-chavista de Venezuela está dedicada a infundir odio contra el pueblo colombiano llamando a nuestras mujeres prostitutas y a nuestros compatriotas paramilitares”

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  10 comments for “Psychiatry in the Third Reich: Godwin’s rule confirmed?

  1. November 4, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    This is awesome, many resources here, thanks! I didn’t see Kindermann’s article, actually. I just knew the killing of folks considered “mentally ill,” which only means “I went to a shrink,” it’s the worst genocide in human history. Anyone who has the guts to take the wool off their eyes can see this, plain as day. That’s why it’s to “their” advantage to drug the hell out of everyone.

    • November 5, 2015 at 12:28 am

      (…) “The eradication of undesirable genetic traits

      Part of the reason that people might be reluctant to talk about such issues is that we have a very poor track record in this area. This is a difficult topic, but I think it is important to remember the infamous 1933 Nazi Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring (Gesetz zur Verhütung erbkranken Nachwuchses). Arguments of genetic science not only led to the drafting of this law (which permitted the compulsory sterilisation of any citizens who were judged to possess a ‘genetic disorder’ which could be passed onto their children) but indeed led German-American psychiatrist Franz Kallmann to argue that such a policy of sterilisation should be extended to the relatives of people with mental health problems (in order to eradicate the genes supposedly responsible). The notorious Action T4 ‘eradication’ programme was the logical extension of these policies.”(…)

      • November 5, 2015 at 12:37 am

        I personally knew one person who was urged to get sterilized when he was diagnosed with epilepsy. I also read an article about a woman who was similarly coerced. The woman in the article discovered the diagnosis was completely false. The man i knew discovered that the seizures that he had were only very temporary. Coercion into sterilization for a condition that’s temporary or falsely determined seems like bad judgement on the part of the professionals that participated in such practices. However, it’s clear to me, with the talk of “eradication” of “mental illness” that the goal is to depopulate the planet of anyone who doesn’t fit the code of “normal.” To medicate means shortening life. Rebecca Riley was four when she was killed by Risperdal in the name of “childhood bipolar.” Kill ’em early, it might do some good, eh?

      • November 5, 2015 at 12:46 am

        I just found these citations:

        F. J. Kallmann, B. Roth: Genetic aspects of preadolescent schizophrenia. In: The American journal of psychiatry. Band 112, Nummer 8, Februar 1956, S. 599–606, ISSN 0002-953X. PMID 13292546.

        Hausarzt im Sanatorium Friedrichshöhe. Dissertation Universität Breslau, 1921

        F. J. Kallmann, A. Falek u. a.: The development aspects of children with two schizophrenic parents. In: Psychiatric research reports. Band 19, Dezember 1964, S. 136–148, ISSN 0555-5434. PMID 14232650.

        The genetics of schizophrenia; a study of heredity and reproduction of the families of 1,087 schizophrenics. New York: JJ Augustin, 1938. 291 ss.

        The genetic theory of schizophrenia. The American Journal of Psychiatry 103: 309 (1946)


      • November 5, 2015 at 12:54 am

        Never mind schiz doesn’t even exist….As I said, the primary offense is being in the presence of a shrink. I confess…..

      • November 5, 2015 at 2:44 am

        Please take a look (translation Spanish to English: “crazy of rebellion”).

        Original (Spanish):

      • November 5, 2015 at 10:54 am

        Naw, to the shrink, patients are commodity. I can’t imagine making money to torture people, then, taking payoffs to hand out the drugs, then, sending a bill and wiping hands clean.

      • November 5, 2015 at 5:02 pm

        James C. Coyne wrote: “Readers are encouraged to retrieve Kinderman’s blog post and see for themselves. It is posted at the anti-psychiatry blog, Mad in America.”

        Re: I understand “anti/pro+X/Y/Z” labels (e.g., “anti-psychiatry”, “anti-industry”, “pro-academy”, “anti-depressants”, etc) as bad arguments.

        “Pro/anti-psychiatry” – The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry

        When a fan of Peter Gøtzsche criticises​ Peter Gøtzsche (by Marc Casañas, article in Spanish, translation in progress).
        (translation English to Spanish in progress)

  2. November 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    “Speech by
    Professor Frank Schneider, Aachen

    Psychiatry under National Socialism – Remembrance and Responsibility
    Ladies and Gentlemen!

    Under National Socialism, psychiatrists showed contempt towards the patients in their care; they lied to them, and deceived them and their families. They forced them to be sterilised, arranged their deaths and even performed killings themselves. Patients were used as test subjects for unjustifiable research – research that left them traumatized or even dead.

    Why has it taken us so long to face up to these facts and deal openly with this dark chapter in our history? Although we are proud that the German Association for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (DGPPN) is one of the oldest scientific medical associations in the world, for too long now we have been hiding, denying a crucial part of our past. For that, we are truly ashamed.” ( . . . )

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