Lunchtime Lecture: Prelude to the Holocaust – The “T4 Special Campaign” against Jewish Patients
Wednesday 14th March
After 1933, Jewish psychiatric patients faced a double threat: firstly from the anti-Semitic persecution of the Nazi state, and, secondly, from the hereditary hygiene and racial hygiene measures of the health system.
In “Operation T4” they were treated differently from non-Jewish patients. Jewish patients − regardless of their illness or their ability to work − were killed solely because of their Jewish origin. The handful of Jewish patients that survived “Operation T4” was later killed in the extermination camps.
Astrid Ley, PhD, deputy head of Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum in Oranienburg, Germany, is a historian and historian of medicine. She is working as head scientist and exhibition curator at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial. Her principal research interest is medicine under National Socialism and, in particular, medical care in concentration camps.
As part of the DGPPN exhibition, we will be hosting 2 visits from colleagues from Germany and a variety of activities – including an official launch, a public lecture on Jewish victims of Nazi “euthanasia”, and a symposium on Disability Rights (“A life worth living” on March 22).