We're a small country. There's approximately 60 million of us living here, so disabled people make up around a 1/6 of the population. Some of those are over 65, most are under 65 and of working age. We have the best part of a million disabled children living in the country. But of that 10 million people, we only have 2.9 [million] people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, which is a non means-tested benefit. Paid to not compensate, but a way of saying that we understand as a country that there are phenomenal extra costs involved in living with a disability and we recognise that a role of our society is to provide for those additional costs.
On my Mothers side of the family, they were Jews fleeing persecution in Russia and Eastern Europe. Those who remained behind in Germany were all wiped out in the 2nd World War.
Advertising was widespread, telling the German people exactly how much each dependent person cost them. It was a well thought out campaign. To devalue the lives of disabled people and ensure that there would be less complaints.