Behind Saving Amelie
Before I began writing Saving Amelie, I knew that Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf detailed his early determination to judge who is worthy and who is “unworthy of life”—from conception to birth to old age to grave. But, I was surprised to learn that the drive to create a master race did not originate in Nazi Germany.
And I was astonished to learn that much of the research for the pseudo-science of eugenics—defined as “the proposed improvement of the human species by encouraging or permitting reproduction of only those individuals with genetic characteristics judged desirable”—was embraced and funded by the U.S. Sterilization was practiced in the U.S. before Hitler ever came to power.
The notion that one small group of human beings in our own country set about to determine who lived and who did not seemed impossible, until I began pealing back the layers, searching for the root of that desire to play God. Presented in “scientific” rhetoric and in terms of compassion and political correctness and “for the good of society,” laws were changed, vast amounts of research funded, and power was wielded over those who didn’t know how to stop the giant machine of government and “science.”
Determinations affected individuals and whole family lines. Human beings were labeled by their supposed intelligence, their industriousness, criminal records, nationality, race, and region, in everything from immigration quotas to sterilization. It set our feet—and those of the world—on a very slippery moral slope, a slope that Nazi Germany snowballed toward disaster.
Saving Amelie reveals some of that story—in the U.S. and Germany. I pray it raises questions and red flags in the minds of readers. Consider the rights and treatment of the unborn, the disabled, the elderly and infirm, the severely handicapped in our country and around the world. Where do we stand on this moral slope? I’d love to know what you think.
God’s blessings on your day,