A survivor looks out a barred window at the Hadamar Institute. Hadamar was one of six institutes used by the Nazis during the "T4 Operation". T4 was the codename for euthanasia activities performed by German doctors on the mentally and physically disabled, children of mixed marriages, geriatrics, disabled soldiers and other lebensunwertes Leben - life unworthy of life. Patients were gassed or killed by overdose or starvation. Between 1939 and 1945, 200,000 people died under T4 guidelines.
Dr. Adelaide "Heidi" Hautval of Strasbourg, France was arrested by the Nazis. Sent to Auschwitz, she witnessed the medical experiments and refused to participate. Transported to Ravensbruck, she again refused to participate in experiments. When the doctor said that Jews were different, she said, “In this camp, many people are different from me. You, for example.” She saved many lives by hiding the condemned as patients and stayed at the camp with Mme Vaillant-Couturier post war to care for…
Dorothea Lange, June 1938. Nettie Featherston, laborer's wife with three children near Childress, Texas. "I just prayed and prayed and prayed all the time that God would take care of us and not let my children starve."
France. WWII. A pinner says: "Several myths dominate the scant history written about the humiliation of female collaborators. That the acts were spontaneous, emotive responses to liberation is one of them. Another, is that they were entirely extra-judicial. The public humiliations lasted for over three years, occurred in waves, were planned and affected an estimated 20,000 women. Half of these women were not sexually involved with the German occupiers, but were still stigmatized"