The travelling exhibition of the German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Nervous Medicine (DGPPN) was created in cooperation with the Foundations Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and Topography of Terror. After it was opened in 2014 in the German Bundestag under the patronage of Federal President Joachim Gauck (a.D.), it was seen nationally and internationally at more than 59 locations.
The exhibition focuses on those victims who have long been on the fringes of public interest and remembrance.
Up to 400,000 people were forcibly sterilized between 1933 and 1945, and more than 200,000 were murdered. In the selection of patients, the supposed »value« of the human being became the guiding consideration. Doctors, nurses and functionaries judged those entrusted to them on the basis of »curability«, »ability to educate« or »ability to work«. The exclusion, persecution and extermination of conspicuous, disturbing and sick people took place within the institution and hospital system at that time.
The travelling exhibition is aimed specifically at a broad audience: it takes the question of the value of life as a guideline and deals with the mental and institutional preconditions of murder, it summarises the events from exclusion and forced sterilisation to mass extermination, it deals with victims, perpetrators, those involved in the crime and opponents and finally asks about the confrontation with events from 1945 to the present day.
Exemplary biographies run through the entire exhibition: In the victims’ files, the many different actors involved in the crimes become tangible. Their view of patients is juxtaposed with their own statements.
The exhibition concludes with numerous voices that reflect on the events of today and ask themselves from different perspectives what significance it has for them personally: doctors, politicians, representatives of self-help associations, relatives of victims, nurses, health care representatives and others.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Frank Schneider (DGPPN) in cooperation with Uwe Neumärker and Dr. Ulrich Baumann (Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) as well as Prof. Dr. Andreas Nachama and Britta Scherer (Foundation Topography of Terror)
Catalogue for the exhibition (German/English) with detailed background information, numerous photos and many contemporary documents is available in bookshops for 19.99 € (Springer Medizin Verlag).
An exhibition catalogue in easy-to-understand German is available free of charge at www.dgppn.de/ausstellung