Life unworthy of life  

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The phrase "life unworthy of life" ("Lebensunwertes Leben") was a Nazi designation for the segments of populace that, according to the racial policy of the Third Reich, had no right to live and thus, were to be euthanized. This concept formed an important component of the ideology of Nazism and eventually led to the Holocaust.

The expression first occurs in the title of a 1920 book, Die Freigabe der Vernichtung Lebensunwerten Lebens, (Allowing the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life) by Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche.

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