Crying Hands Chapter One continued...
The majority of educators of deaf children perhaps greeted the Nazi regime "with the same enthusiasm and hopes as the conservative-nationalist faction generally," as has been said of the teaching staffs of the special schools for mentally impaired children.A 1933 essay entitled "Transformation!" in the Journal for Education of the Deaf provided a description of the intellectual milieu that enveloped German teachers of deaf children at the beginning of the Nazi era. The author wrote of the "unfortunate tragedy . . . of deaf-mutes deprived of hearing and speech." This "tragedy," he continued, "forces us to a conviction -- generally characterized as conservative in the past" that is "a correctly oriented party position." The teachers' patriotic line, the author claimed, would prevent "the association [of German Teachers of the Deaf] from ever being yanked towards the left." The author knew of the "hate-filled" and "very strident" protests of the "left-leaning deaf" who, however, generally could change nothing in the hopeless situation of their fellow-sufferers, "for the great majority of teachers of the deaf stood on the right."

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