The film about the the polish psychiatrist Dr. Karol Mikulski, which was posted a few days ago here, provoced a fierce reaction by our speaker Artur Hojan. He wrote an article responding to film, in which he challenges presumptions and conclusions drawn in the film. We are glad to be able to present it here, it was also published on Mr. Hojan’s blog and on the gedenkort-t4 blog. We invite you to discuss the matter by using the comment function.
Artur Hojan: Unfaithful to the oath
In the last few months a Warsaw group of intellectuals and journalists, associated with the conservative right wing, represented mainly by the Society of Teologia Polityczna, are trying to rewrite the history of the Nazi euthanasia programme in occupied Poland. Dr. Magdalena Gawin and others believe that the fundamental difference between the „Aktion T4” in the Third Reich and the killing of mentally ill people in occupied Poland is that Polish psychiatrists were against this murderous program and tried to save their patients. In order to keep up historical accuracy, it is necessary to refute the view of the Warsaw group before it becomes orthodoxy in Poland.
There ain’t no room big enough! We are terribly sorry, but we have to close registration, as we are running out of space. We are working hastily to establish a livestream of the conference, so be sure to check back at January 28th.
Wir schliessen die Anmeldung für deutsche Teilnehmer. Für Teilnehmer aus dem EU-Ausland ist eine Registrierung weiterhin möglich, einige wenige Plätze sind noch frei. Vielen Dankfür das überwältigende Interesse. Wir hätten auch gern noch mehr Interessierten die Teilnahme ermöglicht, aber mehr Belegung als wir schon haben verträgt unser Konferenzsaal beim besten Willen nicht mehr.
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We are glad to announce the enrichment of our program. Dr. Ilja Seifert is spokesperson for the matters of people with disabilities at the fraction of the Left party in the Bundestag. He will give a short input about the implications of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on barrier-free commemoration.
Date: Tuesday, 29.1. from 16.00 to 16.15. See the updated program here.
So, this conference is about “European Perspectives on Nazi-Euthanasia”. One of our biggest worries when we started work on the conference was wether its topic might be interesting for Europeans. Could this grim topic, the murder of 300.000 Disabled persons, be of interest, especially in countries or areas where no or only unsufficient research about it was undertaken? Well, take a look at this map:
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Apparently it is, so we hope to welcome a very mixed crowd in Berlin.
The video about Dr. Mikulski, a polish psychiatrist mentioned in the post a few days ago, is also available in English!
A German version can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efVicq1X3_g