How will these resources help you?
So much has been written about the Holocaust – primarily, and rightly, from the perspective of the Jewish people – but the systematic extermination of people with physical and learning disabilities (‘life unworthy of life’ in Nazi terminology) is often overlooked. It is estimated that 300,000 people, including 70,000 children, were murdered under this Aktion T4 policy. It is also an uncomfortable fact that many of the ideas that prompted the policy originated in the UK and America, and had widespread support in those countries during the interwar years. The information within these books will prepare you for teaching this challenging but valuable topic with confidence.
The Racial State: Germany 1933–1945
by Michael Burleigh and Wolfgang Wipperman, published by Cambridge University Press, (1991), 9780521398022
Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
by Susan Bachrach, published by University of North Carolina Press, (2004), 9780807829165
The Nazis: A Warning From History
by Laurence Rees, published by BBC Books, (2006), 9780563493334
Nazis: A Warning from History - Disability in Nazi Germany
published by BBC, (1997)
Text © Paul Dowsell, 2020.