Photographing Disabled Children in Imperial and Weimar Germany

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This article relates the discovery of an archive of photographs of disabled children, made in the period 1910–33 by the German Association for Cripple Care. It discusses the practical, political and ethical issues relating to the academic use of the collection, and focuses on four particular images, placing them in the changing ideological and political contexts of the period.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute for the History and Ethics of Medicine, Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 327, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany;, Email:

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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