May 2nd - Day of Remembrance and Resistance
(Newspaper article translated from German)
© by Peter Nowak
The "Memorial sites for the victims of the NS-Euthanasia" in Bernburg and the Psychiatric survivors argue over the text on a memorial plaque.
BERLIN - 21. MAI
Thus reads the first paragraph of the memorial plaque in German, English, Hebrew and Polish in memory of the ill and handicapped who were murdered in the context of the "Euthanasia" program. In May the plaque was erected by the International Association Against Psychiatric Assault on the "Memorial site for victims of the National Socialist Euthanasia" in Bernburg (Saxonia-Anhalt).
Since then the plaque has been removed by the directors of the memorial site. The stumbling block was the extended date of the psychiatric murders up to the year 1948. The director, Ute Hoffmann, regards this as a playing down of the National Socialist "euthanasia" murders. She expressly requested in a
fax to the association for a change of this passage.
The speaker the psychiatric survivors in Berlin Brandenburg, René Talbot, who led the negotiations with the memorial site, appeared surprised. After objections by Mrs. Hoffmann, the text was changed in two places and then we reached an agreement." The dates mentioned are confirmed by the latest research results.
Meanwhile the discussion between the psychiatric survivors and the
memorial site has ended. Ute Hoffmann cited "renovation measures"
as a reason for the removal of the plaque. She was however not prepared
to make any further statement. Hagai Aviel, of the Israeli section of
the psychiatry critics, who held a short speech at the unveilung of the
plaque, is particularly disappointed over this development. He now intends
to erect the memorial plaque at an Israeli memorial site.