"Our starting point is not the individual, and we do not subscribe to the view that one should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, or clothe the naked [...]. Our objectives are entirely different: We must have a healthy people in order to prevail in the world."
Joseph Goebbels, Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda at a 1938 National Socialist Party event
During the Third Reich, eugenics was applied on a large scale as policy, with the help of many physicians and scientists. The collection of data on persons considered "less valuable" ("minderwertig") was greatly extended, and through the 1933 Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Persons, some 400,000 people-the majority on the basis of diagnoses of mental retardation and illness-were forcibly sterilized. The "Blood Protection" Law, implemented in 1935 as a public health measure, criminalized marriage or sexual relations between Jews and non-Jewish Germans, and was applied to Roma and Sinti and other "racial foreigners."
In 1936, the Reich Central Office for Combating Homosexuality and Abortion was established to prevent acts that lowered the birth rate. Commenting on German developments, the New York Times (September 15, 1935) reported: "'Perfect Man' Aim of Nazi Eugenists."