Photographing Disabled Children in Imperial and Weimar Germany

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Abstract:

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.

Keywords: CHILDREN; DISABILITY; INTER-WAR GERMANY; PHOTOGRAPHY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/147800410X12797967061082

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

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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