This disturbing exhibition examines the fate of infants who were patients of the Städtische Nervenklinik für Kinder (Municipal Mental Hospital for Children) in Berlin during the years 1941-1945.
During the Nazi regime many of the disabled children at the hospital were classified by the Reich health commission as being "unworthy of life."
Over the next four years numerous children at the hospital died as a result of risky medical procedures.
One of the first to die was one year-old Hans-Peter whose initial diagnosis of spastic diplegia was assessed — before the Nazi classification system — as “The child responds to friendly encouragement with a smile.”
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The child responds to friendly encouragement with a smile
Heritage Museum Reinickendorf, Alt-Hermsdorf 35, Berlin.