T4. OPHELIAS GARTEN
with English surtitles
“The play challenges emotion and mind” taz
“The production makes the auditorium crackle” der Freitag
T4. OPHELIAS GARTEN is the German premiere of a play by Pietro Floridia that dissects the Nazi murder operation T4. Between azaleas and lilies, Ophelia (Neele Buchholz), with the help of nurse Gertrud (Maja Zećo), tries to escape the headquarters of those bureaucrats and doctors who decided on life and death at Tiergartenstraße 4, Berlin, according to ideological standards of “economic usefulness.” The production by David Stöhr and ensemble thereby addresses the question of how the crime against the mentally ill, the mentally and physically handicapped, and the “racially” and socially undesirable can be portrayed from a position of affectedness.
Friday, June 2
Medicine for the People’s Body: Perpetrator Perspectives
The core component of Nazi medicine and care was the health of the national body. The individual body was subordinated to so-called “racial hygiene,” which allowed perpetrators to pathologize forms of physical, psychological, and social abnormalities as deficits and thus legitimize negative eugenic measures such as forced sterilization and “euthanasia.” To this day, this deficit-oriented thinking of the perpetrators continues to have an effect and still stands in the way of a critical examination.
with: Prof. Dr. Petra Fuchs und Robert Parzer | moderation: Henning Schmidt
Saturday, June 3
Isolation, integration, inclusion, …? The long way to self-determination
The rights of people with disabilities had to be fought for. For a long time they were excluded and then cared for by professional helpers in special institutions. Only the international and national disability movement led to a deinstitutionalization, which enabled self-determination and real participation. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities granted extensive rights, the realization of which is still ongoing today.
with: Anneliese Mayer und Neele Buchholz | moderation: Henning Schmidt
On Saturday, January 28, 2023, following the performance, there will be a joint discussion with author Pietro Floridia, translator Kirsten Maria Düsberg and editor Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Müller.
On Saturday, February 11, 2023, following the performance, the first panel on the topic “Remembering without “us”” will take place.
For a long time, those affected by Nazi “euthanasia” and forced sterilization had no space to bring their interpretation into the public discourse.
The discussion panel will discuss the reasons for this and show ways for an inclusive remembrance.
With: Margret Hamm (Executive Director of the Association of “Euthanasia” Victims and Forced Sterilized) and Christoph Huber (PhD student at the University of Heidelberg).
Moderation: Henning Schmidt (radioeins)
Unfortunately, the panels cannot be offered with surtitles in English, simple language and DGS.
T4. OPHELIAS GARTEN
German Translation by Kirsten Maria Düsberg
in a Version by David Stöhr and Dirk Brauner