By Greg Crowhurst 03/01/11:
In early December last year, the German Psychiatric Association (DGPPN), 65 years after the end of the Third Reich, finally apologised for the crimes committed by psychiatrists during the era of National Socialism.
The original article can be found here.
In the article, English translation here, DGPPN president Frank Schneider admits that : “This darkest part of our history has been shunned and repressed much too long. A Professor Gerhardt Schmidt, for example, head of psychiatry in Lübeck, Germany, who directly after 1945 came to a clinic where patients starved to death, meaning they were killed, wrote a very outright book about these conditions.
However Schmidt was not able to publish his book for 20 years because, according to the DGPPN, “ he was facing a Mafia of psychiatrists who didn’t want anybody to foul their nest. In the 1980s it was a moment of glory in our association to award him with a medal for it. “
Schneider describes how after the Second World War“ three renowned psychiatrists, who made medical estimates for enforced sterilizations and who decided upon life or death, became presidents of our association and even honorary members”
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