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Franziska Mikus - HMD 2022 Life Stories

Franziska Mikus - HMD 2022

Franziska was a German woman who was persecuted by the Nazis – because she was deaf. Under the 'Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring', more than 400,000 people were sterilised by the Nazis between 1933 and 1939 due to alleged genetic diseases. Under this law, every person diagnosed with schizophrenia, hereditary blindness, or any other condition that was believed to be genetic was forcefully sterilised; they would no longer be able to produce offspring. Franziska Mikus was one of more than 10,000 deaf victims.

Films

Nazi Persecution of disabled people

Mentally and physically disabled people were targeted by the Nazis, who believed that they were a burden to society. In this film we remember the experiences of Anna Lehnkering, and all those who were murdered because they had a disability.