Dorothea Sophie Buck-Zerchin
Dorothea S. Buck-Zerchin, born April 5, 1917, sculptor. Victim of forced sterilization during the Nazi-area. Living in Hamburg.
After free artistic activity, taught art and handicraft at the Technical College for Social Pedagogy in Hamburg from 1969-1982. Since 1970, active in the self-help movement. In 1992, co-founder of the German Bundesverband Psychiatrie-Erfahrener (BPE; Federal Association of [ex-] Users and Survivors of Psychiatry), now Honorary Chair. In 1989, co-founder of the "Psychosis-seminars". Countless lectures in Germany and abroad and contributions in specialised journals and anthologies.
In 1997, awarded with the "Bundesverdienstkreuz erster Klasse" (decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany for service to the community). On February 19, 2008, awarded with the Großes Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the greatest decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany for service to the community.
Publications include, Auf der Spur des Morgensterns – Psychose als Selbstfindung (On the Trail of the Morning Star: Psychosis as Self-discovery, 1990; 6th ed. 2016) / Mit meinen herzlichen Grüßen! Ihre Dorothea Buck. Der Gartenhaus-Briefwechsel (With My Heartful Regards: Your Dorothea Buck. The correspondence from the garden house, 2016) / Ermutigungen – Ausgewählte Schriften (Encouragements: Selected Texts, 2012) / 70 Jahre Zwang in deutschen Psychiatrien – erlebt und miterlebt (Seventy Years of Coercion in German Psychiatric Hospitals, Experienced and Witnessed, 2006); The Sky and Beyond – On the Trail of Dorothea Buck, film by Alexandra Pohlmeier in the English language, 2008.