In “The Nazis’ First Victims Were the Disabled,” Kenny Fries writes about the echoes of the extermination of the “unfit” carried out by the Third Reich, the importance of disability history and its relationship to the Holocaust, his personal history researching Aktion T4, delivering a warning for what’s happening today. The article will also appear in print in the Sunday Review of The New York Times on Sunday.
Kenny Fries’s new memoir, In the Province of the Gods, which received the Creative Capital literature grant, will be published next week. In the Gardens of Japan, a poem sequence, was published in July. He is the author of The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory and Body, Remember: A Memoir, as well as the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. He was Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, twice a Fulbright Scholar (Japan and Germany), and has received grants from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange), Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. In October, he will begin a 15-city U.S. book tour, information is here.