The Max and Ruth Leroy Holocaust Remembrance Garden (at the Reena Community Residence) has been created to honour the memory of the 200,000 people with disabilities who were among the earliest victims targeted by the Nazi regime.
People with mental and developmental disabilities were seen as “life unworthy of living” in society because they consumed valuable resources for their perpetual care.
In 1939, Hitler authorized the murder of people with disabilities under the guise of the T4 Euthanasia Program.
People with developmental disabilities and the vulnerable in our communities have been marginalized throughout history. We must all advocate for the well-being of those who cannot advocate for themselves.