I have been traveling on official business and, hence, did not see your letter of November 2 until I arrived back in Washington
on the morning of November 5. I called your office in order to answer as promptly as possible your urgent request concerning
statements I had made at a meeting of the Medical Society of New Jersey.
The statement you quoted in your letter is very easily documented. Such documentation should first go back to 1920 when Karl
Binding and Alfred Hoche wrote a book entitled, The Release of the Destruction of Life Devoid of Value. This was the "Bible"
for the euthanasia movement and, as you can see by the date, preceded anything to do with the Nazis.
A book published shortly after World War II by Wertham entitled, The Sign of Cain, further documents what I had to say about
the involvement of the medical profession in developing euthanasia. Wertham makes it clear that after the medical consent
was obtained, the Supreme Court of Germany had to legalize euthanasia in order that the programmatic destruction of certain
classes of people could be carried out.
Another book which is vital to the continuation of this story is one by Richard L. Rubinstein, published by Harper and Row
in 1975 entitled, The Cunning of History -- Mass Death and the American Future.
Finally, Leo Alexander, a marvelous gentleman and a competent psychiatrist still living in the Boston suburbs, was the representative
of the United States Army and the American Psychiatric Association at the Nuremburg trials. Because Dr. Alexander was Austrian,
he could speak with all of the war criminals in their native tongue, and his 40 or so volumes of testimony are now the property
of the Tufts Medical School Library in Boston. His paper entitled, "Medical Science Under Dictatorship," published
in the New England Journal of Medicine on July 14, 1949 is a classic in its field and depicts the entire course of events
as I outlined in the paragraph you quoted.
I trust this information is convincing enough to you to believe that I was not speaking without firm understanding of the
historical importance of a planned system of medical euthanasia, first aimed at the senile, the infirm, the insane, and the
retarded, which eventually escaped those bounds and became what we think of as the Holocaust.
I would be more than pleased to discuss this with you at any time that you see fit.