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  • How did Hitler and His Reich treat severely wounded German soldiers?

    If a German soldier was severely injured in combat.. perhaps an injury that ended up with him being in a wheelchair for the rest of his life... what would become of that soldier? Were they sent to the concentration camps? Or were they maybe pensioned off for the rest of their lives?

    What if a German soldiers injury resulted in a severe neurological setback ? Were they sent to the concentration camps? Or were they pensioned off?
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Stonewall_Jack View Post
    Were they sent to the concentration camps? Or were they pensioned off?
    Most likely retired with a pension, since the morale of the remaining members would plummet if they knew that a debilitating injury was the equivalent of a death sentence.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Herman Hum View Post
      Most likely retired with a pension, since the morale of the remaining members would plummet if they knew that a debilitating injury was the equivalent of a death sentence.
      If that was the case the Reich must’ve had rehabilitation doctors. As well as doctors who would worked with mentally disabled folks.
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      • #4
        We can see through various writings the allegations that the Reich would send mentally handicapped folks to the concentration camps. But maybe an exception was made for soldiers of Germany during World War II that received Neurological injuries as a result of combat.

        But what about a decorated soldier or officer of Germany who had a mentally handicapped child ...what would become of that child in the Reich ?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Stonewall_Jack View Post
          We can see through various writings the allegations that the Reich would send mentally handicapped folks to the concentration camps. But maybe an exception was made for soldiers of Germany during World War II that received Neurological injuries as a result of combat.

          But what about a decorated soldier or officer of Germany who had a mentally handicapped child ...what would become of that child in the Reich ?
          Not allegations. Facts.

          Those deemed to be life unworthy of life (a lovely Nazi term) were killed.

          https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_unworthy_of_life
          https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aktion_T4

          As to soldiers, some were prosecuted as per here:
          https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wehrkraftzersetzung

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          • #6
            Originally posted by CarpeDiem View Post

            Not allegations. Facts.

            Those deemed to be life unworthy of life (a lovely Nazi term) were killed.

            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_unworthy_of_life
            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aktion_T4

            As to soldiers, some were prosecuted as per here:
            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wehrkraftzersetzung
            Im aware of those articles.

            I’m trying to get information on German soldiers who became physically or mentally handicapped as a result of combat action.. What became of these folks?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Stonewall_Jack View Post

              Im aware of those articles.

              I’m trying to get information on German soldiers who became physically or mentally handicapped as a result of combat action.. What became of these folks?
              Then you should be aware that these weren’t “allegations” concerning the treatment of the mentally handicapped but historical fact. Allegations imply something unproven.

              As to the Wehrmacht.
              There are a few articles available.
              Google Wehrmacht shell shock (combat fatigue, combat psychosis) and you’ll find some .
              There is a good recent article but it’s written in Spanish
              https://www.medigraphic.com/cgi-bin/...BLICACION=8172
              I will see what I can dig up in my research files when I return home. I recall on article on psychiatry and the German Army that may be of interest.

              edit: this Reddit thread may be of use
              https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistoria..._soldiers_who/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by CarpeDiem View Post

                Then you should be aware that these weren’t “allegations” concerning the treatment of the mentally handicapped but historical fact. Allegations imply something unproven.

                As to the Wehrmacht.
                There are a few articles available.
                Google Wehrmacht shell shock (combat fatigue, combat psychosis) and you’ll find some .
                There is a good recent article but it’s written in Spanish
                https://www.medigraphic.com/cgi-bin/...BLICACION=8172
                I will see what I can dig up in my research files when I return home. I recall on article on psychiatry and the German Army that may be of interest.

                edit: this Reddit thread may be of use
                https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistoria..._soldiers_who/
                Thanks for the info. From the reddit link

                ——-There are a couple of cases though where World War I veterans were killed. Henry Friedlšnder cites the case of 58 year-old Karl Rueff, a lieutenant in the reserves who had been awarded an Iron Cross First Class. He was institutionalized in south Germany due to a head wound he had suffered in the First World War. His disability pension paid for his institutional care, and he was relatively healthy, suffering only from occasional epileptic
                seizures. Nevertheless, in 1940 he was transferred to Grafeneck and gassed.——

                Other then this not much came up on google. A question that can be asked is did the Reich have mental institutions for disabled vets?

                And what if a German solider had both legs blown off in combat but was mentally competent. Would the state pay for his physical therapy?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Stonewall_Jack View Post
                  Nevertheless, in 1940 he was transferred to Grafeneck and gassed.
                  Kind of falls in line with my answer that mysteriously disappeared for reasons, I'm guessing, known only to some over zealous forum Deletebot?





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