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Remembering Aktion T4

Monday 27 January 2020 | Museum open 2pm – 5pm

2.30pm Talk: Finding Ivy: From Belonging and alienation and back again

Speakers: Helen Atherton and Florian Schwanninger

The story of one victim of the Aktion T4 programme. Ivy was born in the UK and in 1930 went to live in an institution in Vienna. In the summer of 1940 she was killed at Hartheim castle near Linz. Different historical material has been used to tell Ivy’s story including photographs, church records, census reports and newspapers.

Helen Atherton qualified as a learning disability nurse in 1997. She obtained a PhD from the University of Hull in 2004 based on her thesis “Eugenic attitudes amongst professionals in learning disability services”. She is currently a lecturer in nursing at the University of Leeds. Her main research interest is the history of people with learning disabilities, with a particular focus on the impact of eugenic thinking.

Florian Schwanninger studied history and political science at the University of Salzburg and was awarded a Masters degree in 2004 based on his thesis “Resistance and Persecution in the district of Braunau/Inn 1938-1945”. In 2005 he became a scientific officer at the Scholss Hartheim Learning and Memorial Centre and from 2014 its director. His main research interests are Nazi euthanasia, commemorative culture in Austria and the regional history of Upper Austria.

3.30pm Aktion T4: A documentary film

The Aktion T4 Nazi Euthanasia programme was responsible for the murder of approximately 275,000 people with learning disabilities.

In this 30 minute documentary film, Berge Kanikanian who has Down’s syndrome, travels to Poland and Germany to visit the sites of euthanasia centres and speaks to researchers and historians.

Please note this talk and film is not suitable for anyone under 16 years of age.

This event is free. Booking not required.

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