The Lancet Commission on medicine, Nazism, and the Holocaust: historical evidence, implications for today, teaching for tomorrow

The Holocaust, the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of 6 million Jews by the National Socialist (Nazi) regime and its collaborators, is arguably the most extreme instance of crimes against humanity and genocide in history. During its reign of terror, the Nazi regime committed innumerable acts of violence against Jews, Sinti and Roma, people with …

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Discrimination unknown: poor situation of persons with rare diseases and multimorbidity in Germany still not acknowledged.

The German Institute for Human Rights criticised the continuing inadequate implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Germany (https://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/2023-08/deutsches-institut-menschenrechte-un-behindertenrechtskonvention-mangel). The lack of inclusion in schools and the lack of payment in working places which are designed to employ handicapped persons,  as well as the form of large residential facilities …

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No rare disease awareness although the state of Berlin as first of the german states had implemented an antidiscrimination law- but it is not respected by municipal authorities

Its quite absurd, that the administration does not want to recognise the recently implemented Antidiscrimination Law of the city. In this case the responsible authority, the Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales (State Office for Health and Social Affairs Berlin), Lageso,  did not deny the discriminating act, but refuses to reimburse the immaterial damage.Equitable opportunity and …

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Three funny little spots on disability by Aktion Mensch, Germany

These little Hollywood-ready spots by Aktion Mensch show the actual situation in Germany, being blind it is an obstacle race to walk on the road because many people leave things just carelessly on the streets, helps are not exactly helpful and having a not visible handicap often causes discussions with others who doubt that one …

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“Crip Time” Art Exhibition, Frankfurt/M., Germany

Illness and disability act as an antidote in a society where perfection, efficiency, functioning are dominant and weakness is initially evaluated as failure. Talking about disabilities, bringing images of illness into public space not only liberates the disabled and sick, but also the healthy – because nobody can always function perfectly, efficiently. The artists shown …

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