I Am Germany tells the important story of a population killed outside of the concentration camps, disabled children. Through Anna and Henry's alternating points of view from 1989 and and 1940, a harrowing story of the awful and truthful events in Hartheim Castle come to light. With the two points of view and timelines, it did take a little while for me to settle into the story. However, once Anna began her tale of rescue from Hartheim, I was fully engaged. While I was aware of the additional killing of those who were disabled in Nazi Germany, I was unaware of the entirety of the act. Anna learns that her brother is employed at Hartheim Castle, a fairytale setting, and will be engaged in heinous acts. Anna's brother collects children with disabilities from their parents and tells them they will be receiving treatment, only to be killed upon reaching the castle. This was a very real program at Hartheim and part of Action T4, an action of mass murder by involuntary euethenasia. To add insult to the act, the parents were told that their children died at a later date of tuberculosis. Through the writing the additional consequences of these killings are shown, the psychological effects on the employees forced to carry out the killings and dispose of the bodies as well as the people in the surrounding town showered in the ashes of the children. I Am Germany is a powerful story of confronting the past and resilience in the face of evil.
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