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Sterilisation programmes

The eugenics movement was at its height in the 1930s, especially in the USA and Germany. In the USA, eugenics societies held competitions to find the genetically fittest families. Around 25,000 Americans were sterilised during this time, because they suffered from mental illness or a physical disability. The government at the time mistakenly thought this would rid the country of criminality and 'feeble-mindedness'.

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