T4 Comic Strip

T4 Comic Strip

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  • It's ok, we can make this work.  You can still enjoy life even while being deaf.
  • Paula is deaf due to Measles.  She cries many nights while trying to cope with the fact that she is not normal.
  • The year is 1940.  The Nazi Leader Hitler decided on the mass executions of groups such as Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and disabled people like Paula.  They have a special execution clinic for the disabled called T4, named after a German HQ.  She now needs to stay indoors to avoid the German secret police, or the Gestapo.  Everything is different now.
  • T4
  • Paula's family eventually evacuated to a safe location where disabled people are welcomed.   During the escape from Germany, Paula and her family separate, but Paula makes it alive to the shelter. Here, Paula learns sign language communication, and gets to know the people living with her.  Paula meets a kid named Kurt.  They decided to move to a Jewish hideout located in Poland.  Paula realizes this is risky, but she is desperate to see if her family might show up, and also because her parents cannot afford to keep her at the shelter due to lack of money.
  • This is the sign for water!
  • We need to get to Poland......
  • Paula and Kurt meet the family of Jews that are hiding out.  They learn of horrible things the Nazis have done.  They have murdered hundreds of thousands of disabled people in cold blood, along with other groups like Jews and Gypsies.  The two decide that they will go back to the shelter.  They consider going back for the family, but it does not seem possible or safe.  
  • We have to go back.
  • It's horrible out there....
  • For the next few years of their lives, they wait in silence, never knowing what will come next.  Finally, in 1943, American soldiers push into Germany, allowing Paula and Kurt to finally reunite with the family.  As 1945 dawns, the allies beat Germany, ending the long and dreadful war.  
  • After the war, Paul figures out that Kurt's real name is actually Walthar.  He was on the run from the Nazis because he was a Gypsy.   Paula and Walthar get married in 1947 after the war, and never forget the people and events that have changed their lives forever. 
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