Learning from history — experience of totalitarian regimes of the 20th century

The website "Learning from History" is a publication platform for educational projects dedicated to the history of Poland and its neighbors in the 20th century and human rights

Skip to navigation


A town in Limburg-Weilburg district in Hesse, Germany. Hadamar Clinic for Psychiatry (Corrigendenanstalt) founded in 1883 as an institution for rural paupers, converted in 1906 into psychiatric hospital and sanatorium served since late 1940 as one of the six “euthanasia” centers in Nazi Germany. From January 1941 till August 1941 10 072 persons were killed in gas chamber. Until 1945 another 5000 were killed with use of deadly medicines. This includes Jewish children of mixed marriages that had been placed in foster homes as well as 476 allied nationals (Polish and Russian forced laborers) diagnosed with tuberculosis. The American postwar Hadamar trial was held in October 1945, followed by the German trial in 1947. Founded in 1983 Hadamar Memorial recalls crimes committed in Hadamar.



People With Learning Difficulties Work at the Hadamar Memorial

author Uta George 

The Hadamar Memorial Support Association (Verein zur Förderung der Gedenkstätte Hadamar e.V.) together with the network “People First Germany”, an organisation of people with learning difficulties run a project for visitors in Easy-to-Understand language addressed to persons with learning difficulties (formerly called learning disabilities). Project derived from partner website “Lernen aus der Geschichte”.