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I Loved My Wife.
Killing Children Is Good For The Economy.

Photographs by Dieter De Lathauwer.
Lecturis, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2017. In English. 120 pp., black-and-white illustrations, 7¾x9¾".

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Winner of the Unseen Dummy Award 2016, Amsterdam. This book received a special mention at the DocField Dummy Award Barcelona. At the Kassel Dummy Awards it was shortlisted and finalist at the Riga Dummy Award.

The photos in 'I loved my wife' were taken on the site of 16 Austrian psychiatric institutions. Tens of thousands of children were murdered in these institutions during the Second World War. Killed because they were considered to be incurably ill. The costs of keeping them alive were too high for society, an opinion that was reinforced with films and other propaganda material directed against people who had nothing to offer society. Euphemisms for the murders were ‘mercy death’ and ‘euthanasia’. Provisions for the institutions and care for the victims of hereditary illnesses were seen as working against natural selection.


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