Promo video for "The First To Go" by Nabil Shaban - an original theatre play about disabled people in Nazi Germany
Everyone knows about the millions of Jews who died in the Nazi extermination camps. Countless books, plays and films have been produced to ensure that we never forget and so remain vigilant against any likely recurrence. Yet until Nabil Shaban decided to do something about it, there has never been a play or film which seeks to tell the story of Hitler's Euthanasia program for disabled people.
In fact, THE FIRST TO GO, the First Victims, in Hitler's systematic drive to purify the Aryan race were people with physical, sensory, mental and psychiatric disabilities. Gas chambers were originally created to speed up the culling of such unwanted “Useless Eaters”, the term used by Hitler to describe disabled people.
Nabil Shaban's play, THE FIRST TO GO, doesn't just tell the story of Disabled Victims, it also tells of Disabled Heroes and Disabled Villains.
The Disabled Victims, Siegfried, Heide and Helmut....it is their destiny to be given lethal injections.
The Disabled Villain, Dr. Josef Goebbels, a man who so hated being crippled with a clubbed foot, he chose to hate all disabled people, he masterminded the propaganda campaign advocating Euthanasia.
The Disabled Heroes, Claus von Stauffenberg, the one armed, one eyed "terrorist" who attempted to blow up Hitler
And Brunhilde, the German Army nurse who becomes disabled and consequently joins the ranks of the persecuted but in doing so, helps thwart Hitler's plan to rid the world of so-called "imperfect" people.
Video edited and produced by Nabil Shaban
Music soundtrack created by Nabil Shaban
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