[moderator's note: I really really don't want to post this, but it's certainly on-topic, and Robert's pretty insistent, so here goes. Let's not get bogged down in big arguments about the values of eugenics if possible; those threads are always nasty, and worse, pointless. - JAH] Many people have a vague notion that the Nazis used a warped notion of Darwin's evolution theory in their Eugenic policies. Here is Adolf Hitler's own words, from Mein Kampf (translated by Ralph Manheim), first book 'A Reckoning', Chapter 4 'Munich', page 121 of the aforementioned translation: " Nature herself in times of great poverty or bad climactic conditions, as well as poor harvest, intervenes to restrict the increase of population of certain countries or races; this, to be sure, by a method as wise a sit is ruthless. She diminishes, not the power of procreation as such, but the conservation of the procreated, by exposing them to hard trials and deprivations with the result that all those who are less strong and less healthy are forced back into the womb of the eternal unknown. Those whom she permits to survive the inclemency of existence are a thousandfold tested hardened, and well adapted to procreate-in turn, in order that the process of thoroughgoing selection may begin again from the beginning. By thus brutally proceeding against the individual and immediately calling him back to herself as soon as he shows himself unequal to the storm of life, she keeps the race and species strong, in fact, raises them to the highest accomplishments. At the same time the diminution of number strengthens the individual and thus in the last analysis fortifies the species. It is different, however, when man undertakes the limitation of his number. He is not carved of the same wood, he is 'humane'. He knows better than the cruel queen of wisdom. He limits not the conservation of the individual, but procreation itself. This seems to him, who always sees himself and never the race, more human and more justified than the opposite way. Unfortunately, however, the consequences are the reverse: While nature, by making procreation free, yet submitting survival to a hard trial, chooses from an excess number of individuals the best as worthy of living, thus preserving them alone and in them conserving their species, man limits procreation, but is hysterically concerned that once born it should be preserved at any price. This correction of the divine will seems to him as wise as it is humane, and he takes delight in having once again got the best of Nature and even having proved her inadequacy. The number, to be sure, has really been limited, but at the same time the value of the individual has diminished; this, however, is something the dear little ape of the Almighty does not want to see or hear about. For as soon as procreation as such is limited and the number of births diminished, the natural struggle for existence which leaves only the strongest and healthiest alive is obviously replaced by the obvious desire to 'save' even the weakest and most sickly at any price, and this plants the seed of a future generation which must inevitably grow more and more deplorable the longer this mockery of Nature and her will continues. " A translation of this text can also be found at http://www.stormfront.org/crusader/texts/mk/mkv1ch04.html Posted by Robert Karl Stonjek.