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Mental Illness and the Holocaust: Crime and Reconciliation

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Sydney Jewish Museum

148 Darlinghurst Road

Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

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The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales invites you to join us for a public talk and exhibition preview:

Mental Illness and the Holocaust: Crime and Reconciliation
Professor Frank Schneider, Past President of the German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.

This talk examines the way psychiatry, particularly the pseudoscience of eugenics, was used by Nazis to justify the horrific killing of racial groups and those with mental illness and physical disability.

Professor Schneider will talk about the program known as Aktion T4, which particularly targeted people with mental illness, and about recent attempts to deal with the legacy of past atrocities. Professor Schneider, a psychiatrist and scholar of the history of Aktion T4, was the architect of the German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy's apology for the actions of German psychiatrists in the 1930s and 40s. He will speak about this history, and how the apology has changed the relationship between the German people and the psychiatry profession, beginning a process of healing.

Following the talk, attendees are invited to a preview of Professor Schneider’s exhibition “Registered, Persecuted, Annihilated: The Sick and the Disabled under National Socialism”.

The exhibition is hosted by the Sydney Jewish Museum in partnership with Sydney Health Ethics. It is supported by the sponsorship of private donors and a grant from Sydney Health Ethics. Professor Schneider is in Australia as a guest of Sydney Health Ethics.


Event details:

Date: 8 March 2018
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Sydney Jewish Museum, 148 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Cost: Free


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For all event related enquiries please email events@mhc.nsw.gov.au


*Please note: Some people may find the content of this discussion distressing. Professional support will be available at the event, but please consider whether the topic is a suitable one for you.

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