The marginalization of the mentally ill and mentally disabled people murdered by the National Socialists continues to this day. At the same time, the work of remembrance intensifies as the distance from the events grows. The volume presented deals with the convoluted reception history of Nazi “euthanasia.” The focus is on the many initiatives that currently commemorate these crimes. With case studies, interviews, portraits, and rich visual material, the popular science-oriented book offers a discursive and visual approach to the topic. In addition to personal, social, political, scientific, and artistic approaches to the “euthanasia” crimes, fundamental ethical questions surrounding the “value of life” are addressed. The volume is introduced by the two editors Jörg Skriebeleit and Winfried Helm.

The examination of the thematic complex of eugenics and “euthanasia” makes it clear that there are continuities of exclusion that are still effective today. The discussion that follows the book presentation makes cultural initiatives visible that counter this exclusion and strive for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Actors from theater, music, visual arts and literature will participate in the conversation.

The Sunday matinee will be musically accompanied by Christiane Öttl.

The venue is home to the Lebensgemeinschaft Langlebenhof gGmbH, which runs a residential home for adults with mental and physical disabilities.

The co-organizer is the Center for Remembrance Culture at the University of Regensburg, where the book project was carried out.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Skriebeleit is a cultural scientist and historian. He directs the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial and is an honorary professor at the University of Regensburg. There he is one of the founding directors of the Center for Remembrance Culture.
Dr. Winfried Helm is a freelance cultural scientist and exhibition organizer with an office in Passau.

Place: Langlebenhof, Alte Rieser Str. 19, Passau
Time: Sunday, November 12, 2023, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Admission free