3 September 2014

Official opening ceremony of the Memorial and Information Point for the Victims of National Socialist »Euthanasia« Killings

»Every human life is worth living: That is the message sent out from this site,« Prof. Monika Grütters, the German minister for culture, stated at the occasion of the official opening ceremony of the Memorial and Information Point for the Victims of National Socialist »Euthanasia« Killings on 2 September 2014 in Tiergartenstraße 4, Berlin. »The ›T4‹ memorial confronts us today with the harrowing Nazi ideology of presuming life can be measured by ›usefulness‹.«

The Memorial and Information Point was built on the historic grounds of the administrative headquarters of the »T4« programme, which initiated, coordinated and carried out the mass murder of patients from psychiatric institutions and care homes as well as people classed as »racially« or socially undesirable in the Third Reich.

During the ceremony in the foyer of the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall, also Klaus Wowereit, Governing Major of Berlin, and Prof. Peter Funke, Vice President of the German Research Foundation (DFG), commemorated the victims of the »euthanasia« programme and the victims of forced sterilisation under the National Socialist regime in their speeches and emphasized the importance of such a Memorial for the present. Klaus Wowereit expressed his wish that the Memorial would become a symbol for the respect for life and would raise awareness for topics and themes of today’s world.

Dr. Hartmut Traub and Sigrid Falkenstein remembered with their speeches to their relatives Benjamin Traub and Anna Lehnkering, who were victims of the National Socialist »euthanasia« killings. The event was accompanied musically by the cellist Titus Maack. Finally, the numerous guests laid flowers at the Memorial and Information Point.

More Information Memorial and Information Point for the Victims of National Socialist »Euthanasia« Killings

Photos of the Opening Event

Picture: German Minister for Culture Prof. Monika Grütters, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: German Minister for Culture Prof. Monika Grütters, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Prof. Dr. Peter Funke, Vice-president of the German Research Foundation, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Prof. Dr. Peter Funke, Vice-president of the German Research Foundation, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Dr. Hartmut Traub, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Dr. Hartmut Traub, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Sigrid Falkenstein, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Sigrid Falkenstein, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Musician Titus Maack, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Musician Titus Maack, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Visitors lay flowers on the Memorial, Photo: Marko Priske

Picture: Visitors lay flowers on the Memorial, Photo: Marko Priske