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Murder of People with Disabilities


On 26 November 2017, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance will hold a conference in Bern, Switzerland, on the murder of people with disabilities and the Holocaust together with the Paedagogische Hochschule Bern and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

The conference will focus on two Nazi operations to kill people with disablities or illnesses: the “Aktion T4", the Nazi Euthanasia program, and the Aktion “14 f 13”, the murder of concentration camp inmates categorized as sick and no longer able to work, who were killed in the same extermination institutions used in the “Aktion T4” (“T4” refers to Tiergartenstrasse 3, the address of the headquearter of the Gemeinnützige Stiftung für Heil- und Anstaltspflege ("Charitable Foundation for Curative and Institutional Care").

For more information, consult the conference programme.

While much research on the murder of people with disabilities under the Nazi operations in the German Reich has been carried out, recent research also deals with murders in occupied Eastern and Western Europe. The IHRA conference aims to bring this new research together in one place to provide a fuller picture of the murder of people with disabilities and will focus on continuities of methods and perpetrators. The panels will be moderated by IHRA delegates.

The main target groups of the conference are delegates of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, as well as academics working in the field, and journalists.

Registrations are only final once confirmed by the organisers.  Interested participants can register online with the following registration link.

Image: Pirna-Sonnenstein sanatorium, Pirna, Germany. In 1940 and 1941 the National Socialists murdered 13,720 people with disabilities in the former Pirna-Sonnenstein sanatorium.  Over a thousand prisoners from National Socialist concentration camps also died at this site in the summer of 1941.