„Psychiatry under National Socialism – Remembrance and Responsibility“

A number of events during the DGPPN Congress 2010 were dedicated to the victims of violations of human rights in the area of psychiatry: the Jewish and 'socialist' psychiatrists that were forced to emigrate, as well as the mentally and bodily ill that had to endure unspeakable suffering during the national socialist regime. Central was a commemorative event on 26th November 2011 for remembering all the people that hat to suffer from the national socialist rule unter participation of psychiatric institutions.

Psychiatry under National Socialism – Remembrance and Responsibility

The German Association for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy asks the victims and relatives of the victims, for forgiveness for the pain and injustice you suffered in the name of German psychiatry and at the hands of German psychiatrists under National Socialism, and for the silence, trivialisation and denial that for far too long characterised psychiatry in post-war Germany.

Speech by Professor Schneider


Nazi “euthanasia” and forced sterilisation in one family’s memory –
a reflection on the collective repression of memories and their increasing recollection

The familiy history of Sigrid Falkenstein is fatally linked to the history of German psychiatry in the last century. Her aunt Änne was a victim of the Nazis’ “euthanasia” programme. As in many of the victims’ families,  her family repressed their memories of events and never spoke about the forced sterilisation and “euthanasia” that took place. That mirrors the collective process of denial in German society.

Speech by Sigrid Falkenstein 


In Remembrance of persecuted psychiatrists under national socialist regime

In the period of National Socialism many Jewish and 'socialist' psychiatrists were forced to emigrate. The neuropsychiatrist Doctor Kurt Blumenthal was one of them. His son tells his story.

Speech by Professor Ephraim Bental aus Haifa (Israel)

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Exhibition catalogue

The exhibition catalogue can be bought in bookshops for € 19.99.

Springer Verlag, ISBN 978-3-642-54027-1