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The eugenics argument played a major role in the National Socialist movement from the very beginning; by assuming power, the National Socialists were able to implement these eugenic ideas in state politics in Germany starting in 1933. Of utter importance was the removal of any democratic controls: Whereas eugenic measures were always questioned by democratic countries and often disapproved of in public opinion, this was not possible under National Socialism. Thus, the destruction of 'life unworthy of life' was able to take place in Germany as the logical consequence of the eugenic political policy. 

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