Memory Against Inhumanity: people with mental disorders under totalitarian regimes in Europe


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MAI+ will promote a shared and intercultural reflection on what happened to people with mental illness during totalitarianisms in EU, addressing European citizens that nowadays witness other forms of denial of human rights or risk to repeat the same loss of humanitas experienced in the past. MAI+ in Italian actually means never again. Bolzano and Milan will host the Italian version of the travelling exhibition Registered, persecuted, annihilated:The Sick and the Disabled under National Socialism, launched in Germany in 2014 by the German Psychiatric Society DGPPN, which strongly invites to reflect on inhumanity by remembering the specific persecution of the mentally illness.

During the 1st symposium in Bolzano representatives of the partner countries, historians, psychiatrists and college students will reflect in a critical way on the appropriate forms of Remembrance when facing the challenges of our present.

Students from all Partners (aged 13-15/17-18 years) will be involved in educational workshops aimed at the de-stigmatization of mental illness, with the support of local mental health professionals.

In IT younger students will participate in theatre labs and perform theatre plays, older ones will realize short documentaries on the Human-Inhumanity theme.

In EL, RO and SI students of secondary schools will realize researches on the condition of the mentally illness during totalitarianisms facing their national history and reconstructing the patients’ biographies. They will also select films from their countries, dated between 30s and 60s, which treat the theme of mental illness.

The results of these researches, workshops and video documentations will be presented during the Final Symposium. Documentaries on the “Perception of mental illness” and the question “What is inhumanity?”, produced by Netforpp, will be screened during the 2nd Symposium and travelling exhibition in Milan.

Start Date: 01-09-2017   
End Date: 28-02-2019
Duration in months: 18
Total Budget: 99,750 Euros

Countries: Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Romania
Activity: Strand1: European Remembrance

Project results:

Total number of participants2968 (Italy 2116, Slovenia 373, Greece 125, Romania 354)

The summary of the project’s events is available >>>> here (EN)

The summary of the project’s events is available >>>> here (RO)

Spatiu expozitional Milano, 2019 Simpozion final Milano, ian 2019

Project Activity n.5 – Educational workshops in Romania: the perception of mental disorders/Mental health „care” during totalitarianism /Filmography on people with mental disorders

Participation: The activity involved 34 citizens from the city of Timisoara (Romania), out of which 29 were High School students age 16-18.
Location / Dates: The event took place at the Technical College Emanuil Ungureanu in Timisoara (Romania), from 26/03/2018 to 30/03/2018
Short description: The aim of the event was to promote remembrance culture among young people by giving them knowledge of the persecutions of people with mental disorders during Nazism and Communism. During five days, the 29 youngsters participated in non-formal educational activities which included exploration of the historical facts related to the Nazi and Communist persecution, learning about mental illnesses and discrimination, learning about film making and finally the actual filmmaking, which expressed the young people’s perspective on two main topics: human rights and the inhuman treatment of the people with mental illnesses during the Communist regime. The young participants created two scripts and, during two days, March 30th and May 6th, they realized two short films. The public screening of the two films took place on June 20th, 2018, at the Technical College Emanuil Ungureanu, in Timisoara, in the presence of over 70 high-school students.

Launching event

The launching event of the short-movies took place on June 20th, 2018 – at the Technical College Emanuil Ungureanu – Timisoara, RO.

Videos created by young people, a message about universal human rights. A critical but also empathic look at history.

Workshops and film making

Workshops: March 26th-30th, 2018 – at the Technical College Emanuil Ungureanu – Timisoara, RO.
Film making: March 30th-June 20th, 2018

Coordinating teacher: prof. Alin Jitărel

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Coordinating organisation



FUNDATIA STUDENT PLUS – Timisoara, Romania

Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union