Life Unworthy of Life: The Euthanasia Crimes of Hadamar

Exhibition TypeIn-house exhibition
Event DateFebruary 7, 2002–June 7, 2002
VenueVancouver Holocaust Education Centre
DescriptionBetween 1939 and 1945, between 100,000 and 200,000 people fell victim to the Nazi “euthanasia” policy. The policy decreed that men, women and children who suffered from mental illness, who lived with diseases such as tuberculosis and alcoholism, or who were labeled Jewish half-breeds, were “unworthy of life.” Life Unworthy of Life tells the disturbing story of one of these so-called “euthanasia” killing centres: the Hadamar Institution in Germany. More than 10,000 mentally and physically disabled men, women and children were murdered by medical practitioners at Hadamar as a direct result of Nazi racial policies. This exhibition raises ethical questions about some controversial areas of genetic research today.