[Fwd: Text of the T4-monument/translation]

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@arcos.org)
Wed, 20 May 1998 15:18:10 -0400


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> Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 14:56:12 -0500
> From: dweitz@interlog.com (Don Weitz)
> Subject: Text of the T4-monument/translation
>
> [Note: The inscription below apperars in German on a headstone-memorial
> located at the corner of Tiergartenstrasse and Herbert von Karajan Strasse
> in downtown Berlin. It commemorates the brutal deaths of many thousands of
> psychiatric patients, people with disabilities, sick children, and other
> citizens who were murdered during the Nazi regime. These mass murders,
> sanitized and covered up by the codeword "euthanasia", were planned at
> Tiergartenstrasse 4 (T4). This inscription conspicuously fails to mention
> the historical fact that psychiatrists and other physicians voluntarily
> organized and carried out this monstrous crime against humanity in six
> killing centres ("gas chambers") in Germany. In his September 1,1939 "mercy
> death" statement, Hitler allowed but never ordered physicians to kill
> patients. This inscription also fails to note that T4 was the direct
> antedecent of the Holocaust. The mass murder technology of gas chambers and
> crematoria used in the T4 killing centres were installed in Auschwitz,
> Treblinka and other death camps in 1941 and 1942. Sincere thanks to Rene
> Talbot for translating the T4 inscription into English. (Two excellent
> sources: "The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final
> Solution", by Henry Friedlander, University of North Carolina Press,1995,
> and "Death and Deliverance: 'Euthanasia' in Germany:c.1900-1945", by
> Michael Burleigh, Cambridge University Press, 1995) - don weitz]
>
>                                TIERGARTENSTRASSE 4
>                        IN HONOUR OF THE FORGOTTEN VICTIMS
>
> The first mass-murder by the Nazis was organized from 1940 onwards on this
> spot, the Tiergartenstrasse 4 and named "Aktion T4" after this address.
>
> >From 1939 to 1945 almost 200,000 helpless people were killed.
> Their lives were termed "unworthy of living", their murder called "euthanasia".
> They died in the gas chambers of Grafeneck, Brandenburg, Hartheim, Pirna,
> Bernburg and Hadamar, they died by execution squad, by planned hunger and
> poisoning.
>
> The perpetrators were scientists, doctors, nurses, officials of the justice,
> police, health and workers' administration. The victims were poor, desperate,
> rebellious or in need of help. They came from psychiatric clinics and childrens
> hospitals, from old age homes and welfare institutions, from military hospitals
> and camps.
>
> The number of victims is huge, the number of offenders who were sentenced,
> small.
>                                   Inscription on the T4 - commemorative tablett