Two Babies, One Handicapped, One Not

Professor Jerome Lejeune, discoverer of the chromosomal pattern of Down syndrome once related a story he had heard from a geneticist colleague which sheds some light on the concept of human worth and the handicapped:

“Many years ago, my father was a Jewish physician in Braunau, Austria. On one particular day, two babies had been delivered by one of his colleagues. One was a fine, healthy boy with a strong cry. His parents were extremely proud and happy. The other was a little girl, but her parents were extremely sad, for she was a [mentally handicapped] baby. I followed them both for almost fifty years. The girl grew up, living at home, and was finally destined to be the one who nursed her mother through a very long and lingering illness after a stroke. I do not remember her name. I do, however, remember the boy’s name. He died in a bunker in Berlin. His name was Adolf Hitler.”

Quoted in “Why Can’t We Love Them Both” Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke. here

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