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‘The beginnings at first were merely a subtle shift in emphasis in the basic attitude of the physicians’
The Charité in National Socialism and the Dangers of Modern Medicine
‘The beginnings at rst were merely a subtle shift in emphasis in the basic attitude of the physicians. It started with the acceptance of the attitude, basic in the euthanasia movement, that there is such a thing as life not worthy to be lived. This attitude in its early stages concerned itself merely with the severely and chronically sick. Gradually the sphere of those to be included in this category was enlarged to encompass the socially unproductive, the ideologically unwanted, the racially unwanted […]. But it is important to realize that the in nitely small wedged-in lever from which this entire trend of mind received its impetus was the attitude toward the nonrehabilitable sick.’ Leo Alexander, 1949
This catalogue documents and complements the exhibition at the historical site of the Charité in central Berlin inaugurated in 2017. Published in a German and an English edition, it details the history of the Charité during the times of National Socia lism and documents doctors‘ questionable medical actions and medical crimes. Furthermore, it contains the perspectives and personal accounts of those a ected, including victims of medical transgressions and medical scientists persecuted by the regime.