German town plans memorial to Nazi euthanasia victims

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The German town of Brandenburg plans to open a new centre to commemorate more than 9,000 mentally ill people murdered there by the Nazis.

Historians estimate that more than 100,000 people were killed between 1940 and 1945 as part of a euthanasia policy outlined by Adolf Hitler in the 1920s in his book "Mein Kampf."

Hitler prepared the ground for his campaign, called Operation T4, with propaganda films which portrayed the mentally handicapped and the incurably ill as "useless mouths to feed" who could be relieved of their suffering by a "sensible doctor."

"Operation T4 was a precursor of the Holocaust," according to the region of Brandenburg's science and culture ministry, which is overseeing the project.

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