Sterilisation (Germany) Case

Date19 Abril 1934
Docket NumberCase No. 128
CourtRegional Court (Germany)
Germany, Court of Racial Health of Berlin.
Case No. 128
Sterilisation (Germany) Case.

Aliens — Position of — Order for Sterilisation of Resident Alien under Health Laws — German Legislation.

The Facts.—R., a Czechoslovak national working in Germany, was a patient in a clinic in Berlin. The head of the clinic made an application for his compulsory sterilisation in accordance with the terms of the Law for the Prevention of Hereditary Diseases of July 14, 1933. The application stated that R. was suffering from schizophrenia. The Court also had before it evidence of the family history of the patient, from which it appeared that his father was “if not a dipsomaniac, in any case accustomed to drink regularly”. It appeared further that R. had been under medical care before, and for considerable periods. The Court was satisfied that, if R. had issue, it would also be tainted.

It was objected on R.'s behalf that he was a foreign national and, in this matter, not subject to the jurisdiction of the Court.

Held: that the Court was...

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