Skip to comments.Doctor plans ‘inspiring’ Auschwitz tour to talk about euthanasia
Posted on 05/28/2014 11:03:28 AM PDT by wagglebee
Belgian doctor Wim Distelmans, an advocate of euthanasia, has triggered controversy by planning a study trip to Auschwitz, which he describes as an inspiring venue in which to clarify confusion about mercy killing.
Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre called Prof Distelmanss Auschwitz initiative a travesty.
The connection hes making is perverse. He has to stand down, cancel the trip and make a declaration condemning the so-called mercy euthanasia practised by the Nazis, he said.
Mr Samuels added that if the trip was simply a badly thought-out idea, the professor should at least admit he made a mistake.
Prof Distelmans told the JC that he was shocked by the criticisms.
Firstly, this is not a symposium about euthanasia, he argued. Its a study trip focusing on human rights, suffering and palliative care. We will mention euthanasia but thats not the main goal of the trip.
The participants are all professionals working in palliative care. They work every day with patients who suffer pain and death. Our main goal is to visit the death camp where all these atrocities took place, he said.
Secondly, many of the participants dont even support euthanasia, Prof Distelmans added. Several of them belong to the Catholic University of Louvain.
The main speaker is a renowned researcher in her 80s who was detained in a Japanese concentration camp during the war.
Prof Distelmans claimed: Its obvious theres no link between euthanasia in Belgium and what happened in Auschwitz. The Nazis used the term euthanasia wrongfully.
Dr Distelmans got backing from Maurice Sosnowski, head of the CCOJB, the Belgian Jewish community umbrella group.
He said: Those who oppose euthanasia are the ones saying that by extending it, were getting closer to Nazi ideology and serial organised murders.
Dr Sosnowski, who works in a palliative care unit at a cancer hospital, added: I believe that the professors goal was to counter that attack. He decided to go to Auschwitz and show that there is no possible comparison between Nazi murderers and doctors who practise euthanasia.
But he added that organising the gathering in Auschwitz was probably a mistake due to poor communication.
No, it's EXACTLY the same.
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It is a perfect connection but I am not sure how he thinks it can help his case.
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Honestly, medical schools seem to graduate some seriously twisted people.
I guess the Jews should have saved Hitler the trouble and just killed themselves.
Sheesh, what an asshole.
Or since it’s evidently such a desirable end, just euthanized Hitler. (Since is a term primarily used wrt animals, it seems more appropriate for Hitler than for humans generally)
An immediate appeal needs to go to the government of Poland to prohibit this abomination. Likewise to the government of Germany to speak to the government of Poland as well.
This is such astoundingly bad taste that he is easily a borderline Nazi apologist.
You mean, what an 0bamahole. Wait, that might be a worse expletive.
A more appropriate venue would be Hartheim Castle.
I’m sure his drivel will fly. /s
I guess it depends on what it is you want to inspire. Loathing?
I think instead of Auschwitz, this is where he really meant to go.
Hadamar Euthanasia Centre
“Mercy killing,” huh?
At least the word, “killing” is invoked.
Lord, protect us from these monsters.
Euthanasia’s mask slipped off for a little bit there.
Jews in Europe should prepare for their future in the same type of camps, the NAZI’s are/were socialists, all the present leaders in Europe are socialists, prepare.......
He decided to go to Auschwitz and show that there is no possible comparison between Nazi murderers and doctors who practise euthanasia.
Many Doctors were Nazi murderers.
The last thing to believe is that education equals moral intelligence.
When I first read the title I figured this would be about Zeke Emmanuel, MD...