Lindenstr. 9-14, 10969 Berlin, Old Building, 1st level
In 1933 the Nazi state made a racial philosophy the guiding principle of its health and population policy. In the period up to 1945, 400,000 people were forcibly sterilized, and in Germany and Austria alone, more than 210,000 disabled and mentally ill people were murdered. Furthermore, large numbers of psychiatric patients died as the result of medical experiments. The purpose of these measures and killings was to create a genetically healthy “Aryan” race in Germany, free of Ballastexistenzen (burdensome existences).
This is the story of how eugenics turned into Holocaust.
This is the story of how amazing graphic design, extremely expressive visuals and convincing slogans sold as sensible what should have never happened.
This is the story of how telling what your ears wanna hear might sound nice but at the end of the day,will never lead to anything good. Germany was a poor, broken empire that had just lost a war. So Hitler came with a quick answer to their matters: Hygiene.
Being fit, nurturing, adoring mothers, organizing contests of healthy babies and keeping the race clean will ensure a golden future for all those who deserved it. The nation shouldn’t waste a buck or care about idiots, alcoholics, disabled or immigrants but invest everything on developing those who will become the seeds of a blonde, strong and pure future of eagles flying and golden temples shining under the victory’s sun.
Because my grandfather – farfar, as the guy on the pic ended up in Dachau just for being a Spanish Anarchist who had escaped to Norway. He survived though never returned to his Dictatorized homeland… But that’s another moustache story and I gotta go for dinner, now.