Brenda Brueggemann: “Losing, and Finding, Heart at Hartheim: A Journey to the Center of the Nazi’s Atkion T4 [Euthanasia] Program Enacted on People with Disabilities” – February 25, 2014

This lecture takes us on a journey through the Nazi’s Aktion T-4 project, a project that “euthanized” (officially) over 70,000 people with disabilities in six psychiatric institutions throughout Germany and Austria in 1940 and 1941, and then more covertly killed approximately 270,000 people in these same institutions during WWII.  In July 2013, Brueggemann traveled to the Hartheim institution site, a converted castle in Austria, where the most patients were killed.  In 2001 disturbing excavations took place at Hartheim, and in 2001 a major memorial was constructed at the site.  In her lecture, Brueggemann outlines her educational and interactive blog that explores the who, what, where, why, and how of the T-4 program.

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