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Read and talk about the history of psychiatry, the U.N. Disability Rights Convention, and their effects on global health and all life   :)

IAAPA Actions: Psychiatry and the Final Solution; etc..
UN-Convention fraud: a Chronicle of events   :)

Geneva, in a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expert seminar titled Expert seminar on freedom from torture and ill treatment and persons with disabilities, Prof. Theresia Degener documents on page 12 that she considers torture (camouflaged as coercive psychiatric treatment) to be acceptable if it is legalized and the judges consent. Quotation: ..in her [Prof. Theresia Degeners] view, control and review of medical actions should not be exclusively on the hands of doctors (medical review) but of judges (judicial review). She thereby placed herself outside of the principles of Human Rights, in order to protect the psychiatric torture measures. In March 2008 this anti-human rights position is then directly reflected in the lies of the so-called "Institute for Humans, Ethics and Science" (Institut Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft see March 2008) which she supports.

In the seminar Prof. Degener was of course immediately contradicted, see the minutes on page 13: One participant clarified that in her view forced medical interventions targeting persons with disabilities constitute torture or CIDT, as discussed earlier in the seminar, and there is no judicial review of torture. She expressed her disagreement with any implication from Prof. Degener's remarks that forced medical interventions on persons with disabilities might be permitted with the safeguard of judicial review. She emphasized as well that CRPD article 14 prohibited disability-based detention.

Berlin, January 30, 2008: The human rights lawyers Wolfgang Kaleck, Sebastian Scharmer and Soenke Hilbrans hand over the 45-paged expert opinion to the German national association of psychiatric survivors, the-BPE. This expert opinion comes to the clear conclusion that the Berlin PsychKG is incompatible with the UN Disability Convention. It is immediately passed on to the political scientist, Prof. Wolf-Dieter Narr and the Professor for rehabilitation pedagogy, Eckhard Rohrmann.

Berlin, February 25, 2008: Together with their comments, the expert opinion is made public at a press conference in the Berlin state parliament.

The complete explanation by René Talbot on the publication of the expert opinion can be read here. The expert opinion by Prof. Narr here, comments by Prof. Rohrmann here. The reactions in the press are documented here. (The publication was supported by the Green Party in the Berlin state parliament;  the offer to the postcommunist party (Linkspartei), which together with the Labour Party forms the Berlin state goverment, to also support the publication was rejected by them without any reason being given)

March 2008: The prelude to the series of lies that developed thereafter was characteristically made by the hypocrites at the "Institut for Humans, Ethics and Science". Although the authors of the expert opinion in a letter explicitly requested the institute to revoke the following false assumption, the institute held firmly on to this lie disseminated on the internet and in print, quotation:

... Apart from this, coercive treatment and incarceration in the event of a mental derangement should only be instructed by the judge as a last resort, when danger to oneself or others cannot be avoided in any other way and all attempts of voluntary help and support have been exhausted (Kaleck, among others, 2007)

Exactly the opposite of what the "Institute" insinuated is stated in the expert opinion, but the only task of this "Institute" seems to be holding a legitimizing shield for the torture methods on disabled people; with regard to this "Institute", it can only disgust survivors. It is a perfect example of the wretched abhorrence which hypocrites invent for the only purpose of perpetuating the power of the physicians to practice systematic abuse.

April 11 - 17, 2008: A personally addressed letter with a copy of the expert opinion invited all members of the federal parliament (Bundestag) to a public discussion on the expert opinion, including a question and answer session with the experts on May 7. All members of all 16 federal state parliaments likewise received the expert opinion, the invitation and additionally an amusing but - above all - enlightening book: "Gert Postel: Playing Doctor ". (The letter can be read in German in the Irren-Offensive magazine No. 14 on page 14.)

The president of the Bremen parliament reacted immediately: he ridiculed the rule of law via his manager, Mrs. Grotheer-Hueneke, by refusing to deliver the post to the Members of Parliament and instead wanted all letters to be returned or thrown away. On the written request of one of the expert opinion lawyers what the legal basis was for wanting to withhold or dump the members of parliaments post, the president made an u-turn and handed out it after all, because the censorship of the post threatened to become public.

Berlin, April 16, 2008: Kleisthaus: we distribute the printed expert opinion in the conference: „The UN-Convention on the rights of the disabled between everyday life and a vision of the future". 

Berlin, May 2, 2008: The T4 demonstration march on the 14th Remembrance and Resistance day. We still preserve the hope that with the UN Disability Convention it is actually meant what is stated in it.  So we celebrate the entering into force of the convention the next day on May 3. The director of the German Institute for Government Complaisance still succeeds so well with his hypocrisy that we do not notice how we are duped as we celebrate with these people and then march from there to the Tiergartenstr. 4. 

Berlin, May 7, 2008: Public meeting in the Berlin state parliament for a discussion of the expert opinion and our demand with Wolfgang Kaleck, Sebstian Scharmer, Helga Wullweber, Wolf-Dieter Narr and the member of the Berlin state parliament, Dirk Behrendt. Subsequently, Gert Postel reads from his book. On the same day the second article appears on the incompatibility of PsychKG and the convention in the daily newspaper "Neues Deutschland", a newspaper in line with the post-communist party. Since the Berlin Senat [the government of the state of Berlin is called the "Senat"] consists of a coalition of the Labour and the LINKEN (postcommunist) parties, the responsibility for the abolishment of the Berlin PsychKG law (and/or the therein inherent violence and coercion legalizing paragraphs) and the agreement of Berlin to the ratification of the UN Disability Convention in the second house of the federal parliaments ("Bundesrat" consisting of the governments of the 16 regional German states) lies with these two parliamentary groups. A key role is played here by the senator [minister in the state of Berlin] for health, whose department is responsible for the realization of this part of the convention. However, her party responsible for this department already revealed the planned fraud and its purpose. Alarmed by the article in "Neues Deutschland",  Dr. Ilja Seifert, Member of the federal Parliament and the party´s spokesman for disability politics, writes us on the same day on behalf of his party and the Bundestag fraction that, among other things, quotation:

If we actually place the protection of the most elementary rights of defense as a precondition before the ratification, we run the risk of sustaining a procrastination of the ratification until the cows come home.

He thus recognizes psychiatric abuse as a violation of the most fundamental rights but then puts off its removal indefinitely. Why? Because his Berlin comrades, the health senator, Katrin Lompscher, and her Secretary of State, Dr. Benjamin Immanuel Hoff, who have the political power to remove the Berlin PsychKG, have to be shielded in order to leave untouched psychiatric violence! Dr. Seiferts tremendous callousness in relation to most fundamental rights fatally reminds one of Stalin‘s ignorance of Human Rights in his Gulag politics while at the same time putting his signature under the UN-Declaration of the Human Rights of 1948 and his tactical relationship to Human Rights.

In this regard, the responsibility of the „Linken" party is ascertained: Since, in order to ratify the UN Disability Convention in accordance with Article 3 of the Lindauer Agreements of 1957, ALL Federal states must consent, the „ Linken" party also can make as a condition of its consent of the ratification that beforehand the Berlin PsychKG is to be abolished. The „Linken" party thus has, independently of the likewise governing Labour party, the undivided and full responsibility for the convention fraud if it should agree to the ratification for Berlin without beforehand having removed the parts of the PsychKG which legalize violence. By having the option of refusing their consent for the ratification, the „Linken" party therefore had the power to persuade the coalition partner to agreeing to the abolishment of the PsychKGs.

Berlin, May 15, 2008: Through the state secretary of the minister for work and social affairs, Mr. Brandtner, the Federal Government gives an evasive answer to the question from the spokesman for disability politics of the Liberal party (FDP), Jörg Rohde, (documented on page 33 of the Bundestag documentation No. 16/9210) on whether the Federal Government recognizes the incompatibility of the PsychKGs with the UN-Convention. Rohde asks the question as a supporting reaction to our letter to all Members of Parliament in April.

Bochum, June 11, 2008: The federal association of psychiatric survivors, the „Bundesverband Psychiatrie-Erfahrener", positions itself by a public statement on the UN Disability Convention almost identical to that of the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Psychiatrie-Erfahrener (the-BPE): both organizations demand the abolishment of the PsychKGs not later than the date of the ratification of the convention.

Berlin, June 20, 2008: The second governments answer  by the state secretary of the Ministry of the Interior,  Mr. Altmaier, on the second question by Jörg Rohde, FDP, (documented on page 8 of the Bundestag documentation No. 16/9832). With this answer it becomes clear that the grand coalition and the government supporting them will let it come down to a convention fraud.

Berlin, July 15, 2008: Together representatives of the associations Irren-Offensive, Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Psychiatrie-Erfahrener, Landesverband Psychiatrie-Erfahrener Berlin-Brandenburg, Verein zum Schutz vor psychiatrischer Gewalt, Betroffenenberatung, Weglaufhaus and a representative of the Humanistischen Union Berlin discuss the situation. It is agreed upon that the associations involved are to be asked to adopt a resolution for the creation of a working group to co-ordinate further action. This working group is active on several issues and writes, among other things, two calls for a demonstration .

The government draft of the ratification law is passed on us. It finally proves how the convention fraud by the conservative party (CDU) and the Labour party (SPD) as well as the federal government is planned with the help of the so-called "memorandum" as a part of the ratification law, which however all other parties likewise endorse.

Bochum, July 18, 2008: In a second public statement the Bundesverband Psychiatrie-Erfahrener criticizes the governmental draft for the ratification of the convention: „The governmental draft of the Federal Ministry for Employment and Social Affairs for the ratification of the Disability Convention is pure window-dressing politics. While in the shop window human rights are presented, torture continues to takes place in the back rooms (psychiatric institutions and homes for the elderly). The complete contortion of the paragraphs 12 and 14 of the Disability Convention in the governmental memorandum serves that purpose."

Berlin, July 22, 2008: On the occasion of the "hearing" of invited various associations (we were of course not invited) we demonstrate in front of the Kleisthaus, seat of the Commissioner of the Federal Government for the Disabled, Karin Evers Meyer, who plays a central role in the convention fraud. With a flyer all participants are informed about the hypocrisy of the Federal Government and the planned fraud.

Berlin, July 23, 2008: On the occasion of the hearing of the regional state representatives concerning the ministerial draft, we demonstrate in front of the Federal Ministry for Work and Social Affairs.  With a flyer all participants are informed about the hypocrisy of the Federal Government and the planned fraud.

29 July 2009, Berlin: the-BPE writes a letter to the Office of the Federal Chancellor with the title: Instead of abolishing the special mental health laws, hypocrites plan a convention fraud 

August 20, 2008: In order to give the Berlin "Linken" party, which left our letters unanswered, an opportunity to speak to us directly, in a letter we suggest a discussion with the State Secretary of the Health Senator, Benjamin Hoff, because in fact, a confrontation was imminent. This should clear up the potentially false assumption that the "Linken" party in Berlin was involved in the planned convention fraud, just to leave untouched the coercive psychiatry practices in Berlin. Paradoxically, he accepted, although the conversation ended after only 5 minutes, but nevertheless created clarity about the fact that the "Linken" party stands fully behind the convention fraud. They couldn‘t care less about human rights. What almost becomes a cynical deception of their followers is the fervently sung, "The Internationale unites the human race" [German version translated: "The Internationale fights for Human Rights"] 

August 29, 2008: A handing out of flyers in front of the Institute for Government Complaisance [This name is appropriate for this institute, which deceives the public with the false name " German Institute for Human Rights".] That this institute was just acting hypocritically on May 2  now became obvious, when we were no longer invited by this institution to a round-table discussion with other organizations about the UN Convention. The government complaisant people of this institute no longer had an interest in yet another deception, because at now it was already apparent that human rights are completely unknown to the federal government, particularly when it comes to the crimes of coercive psychiatry. The government complaisant people had learned that they would be rewarded for their toadyism and the betrayal of human rights with € 463,000 a year.

September 3, 2008: The first day of a indefinite demonstration in front of the seat of the Berlin Senator for Health and its State Secretary, Benjamin Hoff. This was followed by another 56 days of demonstrations of 2.5 hours each.

September 4-17, 2008: The second letter is sent to all members of all parliaments respectively a reply to those who responded to our  first letter (see letter template in the magazine Irren-Offensive No.14, page 15)

September 15, 2008: We are invited in the Kleisthaus to participate in a conference named "all inclusive", which means in fact: "all lies!" Accordingly, we were sent out of the assembly after pointing to our issue. After that we move on to hand out flyers in Berlin's health bureaucracy.

September 19, 2008: Handing out flyers in the "leftist cinema night". Here the issue is not welcomed. Those distributing flyers are kicked out and are only able to inform the visitors at the door as they enter.

October 6, 2008: Week of Berlin's "mental health" - Before the press conference we hand out our flyers with the call for demonstration.

October 6-12, 2008: On the occasion of the Dignity and Justice for Detainees Week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights publishes Information No. 4, which fully confirms our legal opinion on the convention.
This clarification of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is also part of the statement that the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Psychiatrie-Erfahrene, along with the complete expert opinion of Kaleck, Scharmer and Hilbrans sent to the appropriate Bundestag Committee which then became on 11/11 part of the Bundestag documentation as committee publication No.16 (11) 1179 (see page 30-49). This documentation had the purpose of concealing the non-invitation of the psychiatric survivors and the complete disregard of their  statement at the session of the Committee on 24/11.

October 21, 2008: Demonstration with handing out of flyers in front of Berlin's health bureaucracy

October 23, 2008: Handing out of flyers at the presentation by prof. Dörner in the University

October 30  - November 7, 2008: The third letter is sent to all MPs of all 16 state parliaments  (see sample letter in the Irren-Offensive No.14, page 18)

November 11, 2008: An open letter is sent to the German Institute for Government Complaisance explaining why they are becoming part of a fraud.

November 12, 2008: Demonstration in front of the second house of the federal parliaments (Bundesrat) because of its first reading on the Disability Rights Convention
November 12, 2008: The first reading in the federal parliament (Bundestag); we were not able to participate in the reading, because visitors to the debate are only allowed in before 10 p.m. and we arrived there at 10:30 p.m. - a purely bureaucratic exclusion, but did we really miss anything? The hypocrisy bla-bla of the first reading in the Bundestag can be read on the Internet here: See Page 19904

Erkner, November 13/14/15, 2008: in front of the bi-annual conference of all those who earn their money with guardianship (Vormundschaftsgerichtstag) (documentation of the announcement and pictures)

November 17, 2008: Demonstration in front of the German Institute for Government Complaisance, distribution of the open letter

November 24, 2008: In a public session of the Bundestag Committee for Work and Social Affairs on the ratification draft, Mr. Lachwitz and Mr. Kruckenberg betray us, Mr. Degener says nothing - by keeping silent they support the slaughter of the UN Convention.

November 26/27, 2008: Demonstration at the entrance to the ICC Convention Center in Berlin during the Congress of the DGPPN (Federal psychiatrists organization in Germany):  Our slogan on the banner: "From 1.1.2009 onwards, all those who work in a closed ward are criminals"

November 27, 2008:  A third letter is sent to all members of the Bundestag

November 28, 2008: Demonstration in front of the second house of the federal parliaments (Bundesrat)

Further demonstrations and handing out of flyers at various "celebrations" of 60 years of Human Rights:
December 1, 2008: Handing out of flyers at the conference of the German Institute for Government Complaisance, allegedly on the subject of "Human Dignity"

December 1, 2008: Demonstration in front of the SPD headquarters

December 2, 2008:
a) English flyers handed out in the Kleisthaus
b) handing out of flyers at the Boell Foundation on the occasion of the Kelly award. The Minister of Justice, Mrs. Zypries, who landed us in the soup with her memorandum (part of the ratification law), holds a laudatory speech

December 3, 2008: Handing out of flyers at the Franzoescher Dom at the Gendarmenmarkt 60th anniversary „celebration "

December 4, 2008: We counter the 2nd + 3rd reading in the Bundestag with our statement: The sale of stolen human rights

December 9, 2008: Handing out of flyers at the House of World Cultures

December 10, 2008: Demonstration with flyers handed out in front of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Hiroshimastrasse 17: Political ceremony with top political prominence - scornful of human rights, the police relegate us from our place. Amnesty International, as co-organizer, allows this to happen. The demonstration is dissolved and only flyers are handed out.

December 11, 2008: Flyers are handed out at the Amnesty International reading in the Water Tower Library.

December 18, 2008: At the celebration of Human Rights at the University of Potsdam flyers are handed out

December 19, 2008: The second house of the federal parliaments (Bundesrat) also decides on ratification in accordance with the "Lindauer Agreement" [this means that international treaties have to be positively affirmed at the federal level as well as by all 16 regional German states, with the result that all parties have to consent because they are all in a coalition in at least one of the 17 governments. Any disagreement would result in the abstention of one body and failure of the ratification]. Our answer is the press release: deception failed

January 1, 2009: The convention enters into force by a proclamation in the Federal Law Gazette Part II 2008 Nr. 35 31.12.2008 page 1419 - but the UN reports the ratification as taking effect on February 24, 2009.

Geneva, January 26, 09: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reaffirms all of our demands, which we had already made on March 29, 2007. In a report to the General Assembly of the United Nations "to improve the awareness and understanding of the Disability Rights Convention" it is definitely clear that:

criminal proceedings with a finding of insanity defence "must be abolished" (see Article 47 below) the „Convention differs radically from the UN Resolution No. 46/119 of December 17, 1991" (see Article 48 below) all laws „must be abolished ", where "mental illness " is an excuse for a special law in the event of danger to themselves or others - that is a definitive confirmation of our call for the immediate abolition of all PsychKGs by the highest Human Rights body (see Article 49 below).

Here are the most important sections of the report as a quotation:


47. In the area of criminal law, recognition of the legal capacity of persons with disabilities requires abolishing a defence based on the negation of criminal responsibility because of the existence of a mental or intellectual disability.* Instead disability-neutral doctrines on the subjective element of the crime should be applied, which take into consideration the situation of the individual defendant. Procedural accommodations both during the pretrial and trial phase of the proceedings might be required in accordance with article 13 of the Convention, and implementing norms must be adopted.
* Often referred to as "insanity defence".
5. Right to liberty and security of the person
48. A particular challenge in the context of promoting and protecting the right to liberty and security of persons with disabilities is the legislation and practice related to health care and more specifically to institutionalization without the free and informed consent of the person concerned (also often referred to as involuntary or compulsory institutionalization). Prior to the entrance into force of the Convention, the existence of a mental disability represented a lawful ground for deprivation of liberty and detention under international human rights law.* The Convention radically departs from this approach by forbidding deprivation of liberty based on the existence of any disability, including mental or intellectual, as discriminatory. Article 14, paragraph 1 (b), of the Convention unambiguously states that "the existence of a disability shall in no case justify a deprivation of liberty". Proposals made during the drafting of the Convention to limit the prohibition of detention to cases "solely" determined by disability were rejected.** As a result, unlawful detention encompasses situations where the deprivation of liberty is grounded in the combination between a mental or intellectual disability and other elements such as dangerousness, or care and treatment. Since such measures are partly justified by the person's disability, they are to be considered discriminatory and in violation of the prohibition of deprivation of liberty on the grounds of disability, and the right to liberty on an equal basis with others prescribed by article 14. 

* See for reference the Principles for the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness and the Improvement of Mental Health Care, A/RES/46/119, available at: http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/46/a46r119.htm.

** In the course of the third session of the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, proposals were made to add the word "solely" to then draft article 10, paragraph 1 (b), so it would read "any deprivation of liberty shall be in conformity with the law and in no case shall be based solely on disability". 

49. Legislation authorizing the institutionalization of persons with disabilities on the grounds of their disability without their free and informed consent must be abolished. This must include the repeal of provisions authorizing institutionalization of persons with disabilities for their care and treatment without their free and informed consent, as well as provisions authorizing the preventive detention of persons with disabilities on grounds such as the likelihood of them posing a danger to themselves or others, in all cases in which such grounds of care, treatment and public security are linked in legislation to an apparent or diagnosed mental illness...

February 14, 2009: The IAAPA prize to criminalize the psychiatrists ends: 1st Prize: „Psychiatrists: state protected criminals"

April 1, 2009: The regional state of Brandenburg parliament exposes itself as a human rights criminal gang (see Irren-Offensive No. 14, page 14): It issues a new mental health law including coercive measures - all parties agree.

April 26, 2009: On the occasion of a federal meeting on disability policy of the Green Party on May 5 we inform everyone with flyers about the deception failed. We do the same in front of the chancellery at a SPD "demonstration" and on May 13 at a meeting on invitiation of the SPD in the Bundestag.


May 2, 2009: The 15th Remembrance & Resistance Day is a demonstration march from the T4 commemorative plaque in Tiergartenstrasse 4 to the seat of the Federal psychiatrists organization in Germany:  Our slogan on the banner: "Since 1.1.2009, all those who work in a closed ward are criminals" and "Psychiatrists: state protected criminals" (the poster is now available in 11 langauges). So they are all informed!
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On June 2, 2009 the general assembly of the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Psychiatrie-Erfahrener (the-BPE.de) decided the publication of this Chronicle. It is allredy published in Germin here: www.zwangspsychiatrie.de/kampagnen/chronik-eines-betrugs
Soon it will be available in the Internet in the english edition of "ZWANG" No.4 the journal of the International Association Against Psychiatric Assault (IAAPA).

Kind regards
rene talbot
(Secretary of IAAPA)

 


Psychiatry and the Final Solution   :)
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The internationally known Israeli Newspaper "Ha´aretz" published in its friday edition on June 26 an article with the title
Psychiatry and the Final Solution
about our protest on the the "Deadly Medicine" exhibition in the Jewish Museum in Berlin:
http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasite/spages/1095632.html

By now "Ha´aretz" translated the article into English, see:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1097437.html
Some citation follow below.

We are very delighted, that our demand to tell "the whole truth" has been heard from this newspaper, since the echo in the German media was near to nothing.
Here you can read our flayer and see the picture of the first day of our commenting in the rain outside the museum: http://www.iaapa.de/zwang3/protest_hygiene_museum.htm

Kind regards
rene talbot
(secretary of IAAPA)
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Hagai Aviel, 51, one of the founders of the Israeli Association Against Psychiatric Assault, approached the museum to offer his help in organizing the show, entitled "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race." His hope was to convince its curators that the show does not, in fact, address the Nazi regime per se, but rather a particular branch of psychiatry. Aviel argues that it was psychiatrists who paved the way for the Final Solution. He believes the only way to do justice to all concerned - himself, the museum, Germany, Israel and the victims - is for the museum to extend the time frame of the exhibition, which now is 1933-1945, and acknowledge that this "deadly medicine" was in use as late as 1949, claiming the lives of an additional 20,000 people in special psychiatric facilities. [...]

The Nazis were not the first to propose the creation of a "superior race." Indeed, the concept, an integral part of social Darwinism, dates back to the mid-19th century. At the dawn of the 20th century, there was support in several countries (including the United States, Switzerland and Sweden) for policies aimed at creating such a race, which included such measures as castration of the mentally ill and others who were deemed inferior. [...]

The Nazi party's rise to power gave that idea the official seal of approval.
In 1933, Germany's leading psychiatrists opened so-called genetic-health courts, where people were tried for such "offenses" as manic depression, schizophrenia, alcoholism and the like. Between 1933 and 1939, some 400,000 German men were castrated, after it was determined that they did not contribute to the party, the state or science. A number of them died as a result. Also subject to castration were Germans who suffered from various disorders like depression or addictions. And of course, both Jews and Gypsies were defined as inferior races.
On September 1, 1939, bowing to a request from the psychiatric elite, Hitler signed an order calling for the systematic murder of people "judged incurably sick, by critical medical examination." This was the only document that linked him directly to mass murder, and its codename was T4, for "Tiergartenstrasse 4," the Berlin address where the request from an organization of physicians and other officials had originated. [...]

The order resulted in the establishment of six euthanasia centers in psychiatric institutions throughout the Reich, and during the two years in which it was in effect, a total of 70,000 Germans were murdered on the basis of this directive - most of them in gas chambers. When the order was eventually revoked, the murderous staff who worked in these centers went on to the camps in Eastern Europe, where they put their expertise to use in killing Jews.

While Aviel, his colleagues and Jewish Museum officials agree that some 20,000 civilians died or were killed in these institutions between 1945 and 1949, they differ as to the method used. Aviel maintains that the systematic murder outlined under order T4 continued during those years. By contrast, the museum people assert that these people died because of the poor conditions in the facilities.[...]

Standing outside the museum, since he has been banned from the immediate grounds, Aviel hands out flyers that explain his organization's struggle. He wears a shirt calling for "the whole truth" - referring to the fact that he believes the museum should mention in the exhibition that there were four additional years of killings, and many victims. He is adamant that he supports the exhibition, but demands the museum tell the whole story.
"[Aside from psychiatrists], there is no other civil servant who can arrest a citizen and penetrate his body," Aviel argues. "Everything that may not be done to a regular person may be done to whomever the psychiatrist determines. Nowadays, too, psychiatrists can determine who is eligible to have basic rights and who isn't." [...]

At the start of the decade, Aviel and his colleagues at the association found out that the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington was about to launch the "Deadly Medicine" exhibit. They contacted its curator, Susan Bachrach, offering their help, and tried to explain that she ought to change the time frame of the exhibit. Bachrach refused.

In 2006, the exhibition traveled to the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum (German Museum for Hygiene) in Dresden, one of the most important institutions dealing with German race theory. Aviel's association contacted this museum, too, offering its help. After receiving yet another cool response, they decided to take action. They organized a demonstration in Dresden that not only drew attention, but also resulted in a huge police presence at the site. However, the protesters failed to attain the desired change.

It seems that in Berlin, too, Aviel and his colleagues have not received the attention they sought, and also failed to change the time frame covered by the exhibit. Nevertheless, they continue to stand not far from the entrance, wearing over their clothes the huge white shirt with the "whole truth" motto, handing flyers out to every visitor. [...]

Aviel realizes people in the U.S. have no interest in accepting his association's position and demands (after all, the Americans liberated Europe and, as far as they are concerned, everything ended in 1945) - and, likewise, most Germans (since it was the the Third Reich that murdered the patients, and it was defeated). However, he has difficulty understanding the Jewish Museum's scornful response.

"It is very important for a Jewish museum to show such an exhibit," he says. "It helps Israel politically, since the moment the Jews become just one group of victims, it robs Holocaust-deniers, who are motivated by anti-Semitism, of their argument's legitimacy. Because the Jewish organizations do not support us, they pave the way for the museum to dismiss our demand. Israel and the Jews want to monopolize the Holocaust, even if it means children won't study the evolution of the Final Solution."

"If I were doing it all over again," concedes Kampmeyer, "I would have added one sign, perhaps the last in the exhibit, noting that after the war, 20,000 more people died."

 



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