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Appeal for donations from the German medical community

During its annual meeting in 2010, the German Association of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN) held a special event to commemorate the victims of psychiatry under National Socialism. During the event, the association asked all victims and their families for forgiveness for the pain and injustice they suffered in the name of German psychiatry and at the hands of psychiatrists during the Third Reich. At the same time, the DGPPN announced that it would make an active contribution towards addressing the Nazi atrocities and commemorating the victims. (Link to DGPPN statement)

Our objectives:

  • To develop an exhibition on psychiatric practice during National Socialism (particularly on the victims and perpetrators of “Aktion T4”) and to stage this exhibition in other cities across Germany and Europe
  • To document the names and fates of victims and details about the perpetrators within comprehensive, publicly accessible databases
  • To promote research, for example through the provision of grants

The DGPPN has announced its intention to donate a one-off sum of at least € 100,000 to finance these projects and has launched an appeal for donations from its members and the German medical community. It also aims to finance a research position for ten years. In order to do so it has prepared this appeal for donations. Many medical associations have already joined the DGPPN’s initiative.

The viability and scope of these projects depends in part on your generosity. Please support this important work by making a donation. (Link to more detailed appeal)

  • Aktion psychisch Kranke (Action Mentally Ill – APK), Peter Weiß, Member of the Bundestag, Chairman, Emmendingen
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Neuropsychopharmakologie und Pharmakopsychiatrie (Council for Neuropsychopharmacology and Pharmacopsychiatry – AGNP),
  • Prof. Rainer Rupprecht, M.D., Chairman, Regensburg
  • Arbeitskreis der Chefärztinnen und Chefärzte der Kliniken für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie an Allgemeinkrankenhäusern in Deutschland (Council of Chief Physicians of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinics at General Hospitals in Germany – ACKPA), Prof. Karl-H. Beine, M.D., Chairman, Hamm
  • Berufsverband Deutscher Nervenärzte (Association of German Psychiatrists and Neurologists – BVDN), Frank Bergmann, M.D., Chairman, Aachen
  • Berufsverband Deutscher Psychiater (Association of German Psychiatrists – BVDP), Christa Roth-Sackenheim, M.D., Chairwoman, Andernach
  • Bundesärztekammer (German Medical Association – BÄK),
    Frank Ulrich Montgomery, M.D., President, Berlin
  • Bundesdirektorenkonferenz – Verband leitender Ärztinnen und Ärzte der Kliniken für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie e. V. (Federal Directors’ Conference – Association of Head Physicians at Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Clinics – BDK),
    Iris Hauth, M.D., Chairwoman, Berlin
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Biologische Psychiatrie (German Society of Biological Psychiatry – DGBP), Prof. Andreas Heinz, M.D., President, Berlin
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gerontopsychiatrie und -psychotherapie (German Society for Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy – DGGPP),
    Prof. Hans Gutzmann, M.D., President, Berlin
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Nervenheilkunde (German Society for the History of Neurology and Psychiatry – DGGN), Prof. Bernd Holdorff (Dr. med.), Chairman, Berlin
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin e. V. (German Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine – DGKJ), Prof. Fred Zepp, M.D., President, Mainz
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie e. V. (German Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy – DGKJP), Prof. Frank Häßler, M.D., President, Rostock
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurologie (German Society of Neurology – DGN), Prof. Wolfgang Oertel, M.D., Co-Chairman, Marburg
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neuropathologie und Neuroanatomie e. V. (German Society of Neuropathy and Neuroanatomy – DGNN), Prof. Joachim Weis, M.D. , Chairman, Aachen
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychosomatische Medizin und Ärztliche Psychotherapie e. V. (German Society of Psychosomatic Medicine and Medical Psychotherapy – DGPM), Prof. Wolfgang Senf, M.D., Chairman, Essen
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für seelische Gesundheit bei Menschen mit geistiger Behinderung e. V. (German Society for the Psychological Health of People with Mental Disabilities – DGSGB), Prof. Michael Seidel, M.D., Chairman, Bielefeld
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziale Psychiatrie (German Society of Social Psychiatry – DGSP), Friedrich Walburg, Chairman, Cologne
  • Deutsches Kollegium für Psychosomatische Medizin (German College for Psychosomatic Medicine – DKPM), Prof. Manfred Beutel, M.D., Chairman, Mainz
  • Fachverband Medizingeschichte (Medical History Professional Association), Prof. Heiner Fangerau, M.D., Chairman, Ulm
  • Hartmannbund – Verband der Ärzte Deutschlands (Hartmannbund Association of German Doctors), Hon.-Prof. Kuno Winn, M.D., Chairman, Hannover
  • Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung (National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians – KBV), Andreas Köhler, M.D., Chairman, Berlin
  • Marburger Bund (Marburg Association), Rudolf Henke, Chairman, Berlin
  • Ständige Konferenz der Lehrstuhlinhaber Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie an den deutschen Universitäten (Standing Conference of Professors Teaching Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at German Universities), Prof. Sabine Herpertz, M.D., Chairwoman, Heidelberg

Donation account no. 5252, Sal. Oppenheim, bank code: 37030200, IBAN: DE 82 3703 0200 0000 0052 52, BIC: SOPPDE3KXXX, reference: Donation appeal

The German Association of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN) (tax no. 27/640/57343) has been identified, most recently on 3 February 2011, by the Finanzamt für Körperschaften I (local fiscal authority) in Berlin as serving charitable purposes due to its promotion of scientific objectives. Once your donation has been registered you will be issued with a donation receipt.

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