Judgment at Nuremberg

From journals and books?
I see.
You referred to:
"Novel National Socialist
measures introduced...

"among them sexual sterilization. "
Are you aware that sexual sterilization
was not invented by National Socialism...

but had been advanced for years before
as a weapon...

in dealing with the mentally incompetent
and the criminal?

Yes. I am aware of that.
Are you aware that it has advocates
among leading citizens in other countries?

I am not an expert on such laws.
Then permit me to read one to you.
This is a High Court opinion...
upholding such laws in existence
in another country.

And I quote:
"We have seen more than once
that the public welfare...

"may call upon the best citizens
for their lives.

"It would be strange indeed,
if it could not call upon those...

"who already sapped the strength
of the state for these lesser sacrifices...

"in order to prevent our being swamped
by incompetence.

"It is better for all the world...
"if, instead of waiting to execute
degenerate offsprings for crime...

"or to let them starve for their imbecility,
society can prevent their propagation...

"by medical means in the first place.
"Three generations of imbeciles
are enough. "

Do you recognize it now, Dr. Wieck?
No, sir, I don't.
Actually, there is no particular reason
you should...

since the opinion upholds
the sterilization law...

in the State of Virginia,
of the United States...

and was written and delivered
by that great American jurist...

Supreme Court Justice,
Oliver Wendell Holmes.