Hartheim: the Nazi Castle of Horror

Sep 11, 2023 | Environmental, Videos

Hartheim Castle in Austria was once a centre for those with physical or mental disabilities. However, from 1939 to 1944, it was used as part of the Nazis’ ‘final solution’ in the lead-up to World War II. Hundreds of buses full of people with Down’s Syndrome, epilepsy and other disabilities arrived daily at the castle courtyard. These individuals were subjected to horrific atrocities including being put into gas chambers and receiving lethal injections.

This atrocity is now the subject of a new documentary titled “Hartheim: A Place of Death” which aims to shed light on this dark chapter of history. The documentary follows survivors and their families who recount their experiences at Hartheim and how they were affected by its horrors. It also features interviews with historians, academics and experts who discuss this unsettling period of history in detail.

The film serves as a reminder that we must never forget what happened during this horrific time – particularly when it comes to helping those with disabilities today. It also encourages viewers to look back on our shared history, so we can learn from our mistakes and strive to create a more inclusive society that respects the dignity of all individuals regardless of their abilities.

Ultimately, “Hartheim: A Place of Death” is essential viewing for anyone interested in learning more about the atrocities committed against those with disabilities during World War II. It offers an invaluable perspective on a dark chapter in our collective history – one which must be remembered so that such tragedies may never occur again.

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