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Austerity, Up Close and Personal, Part 2 “Austeritywitz”: German Elderly Being “Shipped to the East”

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COMMENT: An aspect of Germany’s “austerity” diktat that has escaped notice and discussion concerns what Deutschland is doing with its poor, elderly people. Because of the expenses involved in caring for the these “undesirables,” they are being shipped “to the East.”  We have seen this from Germany before.

The uninitiated might be inclined to dismiss this as being of little significance. After all, they aren’t being killed, are they?

Not yet, they aren’t. On the other hand, IF they were, who would report it? And with “austerity” the order of the day for the German-dominated EU, what will happen as the “expense” of dealing with the infirm increases?

Several things to keep in mind when mulling this over:

  •  The Nazi extermination programs grew out of their T-4 program, with the killers who staffed Auschwitz and the other extermination centers having been trained in state-sponsored murder at the Hartheim institution.
  • The Nazi T-4 program, in turn, evolved directly out of the international eugenics movement, which saw merit in eliminating “the commercially useless”–people too old and/or sick to work and whose disposable income didn’t make them optimum consumers. (There is excellent discussion of the T-4 program and its mainstream political and intellectual antecedents in Miscellaneous Archive Show M12: Euthanasia in Contemporary America and Nazi Germany. (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V.)  
  • The international eugenics movement was held in high esteem in academic and corporate circles before World War II, including and especially the United States.
  • In our next post, we will resume our coverage of Bertelsmann’s takeover of world publishing and media and the Serpent’s Walk scenario. Those who dismiss these warnings should carefully consider whether a lethal, “final solution to the gerontology problem” would, in fact, receive coverage from the very media establishments that have steadfastly failed to inform of so many of the vital developments highlighted on this website.

“Germany Accused of ‘Deporting’ its Elderly: Rising Numbers Moved to Asia and Eastern Europe because of Sky-High Care Costs”; Mail Online [UK]; 12/27/2012.

EXCERPT: German pensioners are being sent to care homes in Eastern Europe and Asia in what has been described as an ‘inhumane deportation’.

Rising numbers of the elderly and sick are moved overseas for long-term care because of sky-high costs at home.

Some private healthcare providers are even building homes overseas, while state insurers are also investigating whether they can care for their clients abroad.
Experts describe a time bomb’ of increasing numbers unable to afford the growing costs of retirement homes.

And they say the situation should be a warning to Britain, where rising numbers of pensioners are forced to sell their homes to pay for care.

The Sozialverband Deutschland (VdK), a socio-political advisory group, said the fact that many Germans were unable to afford the costs of a retirement home in their own country was a huge ‘alarm signal’.
‘We simply cannot let those people, who built Germany up to be what it is, be deported,’ VdK’s president Ulrike Mascher told The Guardian. ‘It is inhumane.’

According to Germany’s federal bureau of statistics, more than 400,000 senior citizens cannot afford a German retirement home, a figure growing by around 5 per cent a year. This is because many are living for longer while their pensions are stagnating.

As a result, the Krankenkassen – or statutory insurers that make up Germany’s state insurance system – are discussing cheaper care in foreign retirement homes.
EU law prevents state insurers from signing contracts with overseas homes.

But that is likely to change as legislators are forced to respond to Europe’s ageing population. . . .

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One comment for “Austerity, Up Close and Personal, Part 2 “Austeritywitz”: German Elderly Being “Shipped to the East””

  1. Thanks for posting Dave ;)

    Posted by GW | January 11, 2013, 3:59 am

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