January 27, 2017
(BBC) – For decades after she died, at just 24, no one really spoke about Anna Lehnkering. According to her death certificate, Lehnkering, who once dreamed of working in a nursery, died of peritonitis. But she didn’t really, she was gassed, one of tens of thousands of people killed by the Nazis during their “Aktion T4” project. The project targeted disabled and ill people, considered by the Nazis as unworthy, and killed about 70,000 at six sites in German-controlled territory between January 1940 and August 1941. It was, in essence, a trial run for the Holocaust.