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Life-Not-Worth-Living
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[German Version]

I. Concept – II. History – III. Differentiations – IV. Evaluation

I. Concept

The expression “life-not-worth-living” is synonymous with “mercy killing” and refers, primarily, to the programs of euthanasia carried out in the so-called Third Reich (National Socialism). In these programs of euthanasia, people capable and willing to live were killed with the justification that their lives were not worth living, not useful to societ…

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Honecker, Martin, “Life-Not-Worth-Living”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_12759>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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