T-4 Program

Events

The Regime was recieving requests

1938

the regime was receiving requests from the families of newborn or very young children with severe deformities and brain damage for the grant of a “mercy killing”

A deformed child was born

February 1939

a child so-called `Knauer’ child, who had been born on blind, with one leg and part of one arm missing, and who was described as an “idiot.” was killed from his parents request

Hitler began the `Reich Committee for the Scientific Registering of Serious Hereditary and Congenital Illnesses’.

May 1939

Hitler had instructed Brandt to pave the way for the killing of children by setting up a body entitled the `Reich Committee for the Scientific Registering of Serious Hereditary and Congenital Illnesses’.

The T-4 program got a headquarter

September 1, 1939

a permanent headquarters for the new organization was established at Tiergartenstrasse 4

A law was made about filling out documents about mentally ill and disabled people

September 21, 1939

requiring medical facilities to complete a questionnaire in respect of all patients who (a) suffered from an extensive list of medical conditions and were unable to work; or (b) had been institutionalized for more than five years; or (c) had been committed as criminally insane: or (d) were non-`Aryan’

T-4 program began

October 1939

The killing of the mentally ill and disabled began

The first gas chamber was used

January 1940

The first gas chamber was used to kill people

Many people have been killed due to the T-4 program

1941

30,000 patients have been killed in the fall of 1941

T-4 Program ends

April 1941