Gerhart Hofer from Austria will talk about the dark period of the Nazi regime in Germany and Austria about 75 years ago.[[[image-0 small right]]]
[[[image-1 small right]]]At that time many scientists all around the world wanted to have better people (not being ill, not drinking too much alcohol, not being disabled). In 1939 in Germany and Austria an action started to murder the people with disability and ill people in the believe to become a better population. This was a terrible belief. Maybe more than 150,000 people were killed at that time. After the end of this dark era of the Nazi time nobody wanted to talk about what happened.
In the last twenty years more and more people started to be interested: what happened at that time? Why did it happen? But it was difficult to find out the terrible facts.
The houses where people with disabilities were killed became Memorial places.
[[[image-2 small right]]]In 2006 an Austrian school for Social Care Education gave its name to one of the forgotten victims: Kathi Lampert. Remembering her and all the victims of this terrible time is part of an important memory culture.
We need to talk about it, so that it never happens again.
[[[image-3 right]]]Taking away the right to live is an extreme form of separation. So Austrians way to inclusion seems to be a longer one.
Gerhart Hofer – born in 1958; since 1990 Head of Kathi-Lampert-Schule für Sozialbetreuungsberufe in Goetzis / Austria. Since 1995 European Networking in the Association of Care Education in Europe.
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