Law for the Protection
of Hereditary Health: The Attempt
to Improve the German Aryan Breed
(July 14, 1933)
Article I. (1.) Anyone who suffers from an inheritable
disease may be surgically sterilized if, in
the judgement of medical science, it could be
expected that his decendants will suffer from
serious inherited mental or physical defects.
(2.) Anyone who suffers from one of the following
is to be regarded as inheritably diseased
within the meaning of this law:
1. congenital feeble-mindedness
4. congenital epilepsy
5. inheritable St. Vitus dance
6. hereditary blindness
7. hereditary deafness
8. serious inheritable malformations
(3.) In addition, anyone suffering from chronic
alcoholism may also be sterilized.
Article II. (1.) Anyone who requests sterilization is entitled
to it. If he be incapacitated or under a
guardian because of low state of mental
health or not yet 18 years of age, his legal
guardian is empowered to make the request.
In other cases of limited capacity the
request must receive the approval of the legal
representative. If a person be of age and
has a nurse, the latter's consent is
(2.) The request must be accompanied by a
certificate from a citizen who is accredited
by the German Reich stating that the person
to be sterilized has been informed about the
nature and consequence of sterilization.
(3.) The request for sterilization can be
Article III. Sterilization may also be recommended by:
(1.) the official physician
(2.) the official in charge of a hospital,
sanitarium, or prison.
Article IV. The request for sterilization must be presented in
writing to, or placed in writing by the office of
the Health Inheritance Court. The statement
concerning the request must be certified by a
medical document or authenticated in some other
way. The business office of the court must notify
the official physician.
Article VII. The proceedings of the Health Inheritance Court
Article X. The Supreme Health Insurance Court retains final