Monday, April 21, 2014

How the Nazis Got it Right. Wait! The Nazis?



I'm reading In the Garden of the Beasts:  Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson, the true story of William Dodd, the American ambassador to Berlin in the time before World War II.  In 1933, a new penal code was introduced, and another diplomat Henry Leverich "found the draft an extraordinary document and wrote an analysis....  He noted...that the code made paramount the protection of the family and thus outlawed abortion."  (page 163)

What?  The Nazis outlawed abortion because they thought the family was important?  We know how wrong the Nazis got almost everything, but in this one specific case, they got it right.  How should we feel that our own country gets it so wrong?

Of course, I have to include all relevant information.  The penal code did allow for the courts to order abortions between "pure" Germans and anyone who wasn't.  But I am flabbergasted that the Germans outlawed abortions.

Are you as surprised as I am by this information?


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