Crying Hands Chapter One continued...
banner The primary purpose of the talks and explanations was "to make the idea of sterilization popular among the relevant hereditarily impaired" and to deflect "further criticism of sterilization." Weinert believed that intensive efforts to influence deaf people were urgently required because "some of the sterilizations that have been carried out so far have had an unfavorable effect, in that the subjects have claimed that their health has been negatively affected by them."

The experts Weinert hired to counsel deaf people included officials from the schools for deaf children in Dresden and Leipzig. In addition to Weinert, Dresden provided a teacher named Heidrich, and the school principal, named Conrad. Dr. Becker (with Sandig, the deputy provincial head of the Reich Union of the Deaf of Germany [REGEDE], as interpreter), senior teacher Lindner, and teacher Eymann were from Leipzig. "Almost 3,000" persons attended the lectures. The following topics were addressed:

1. The Law for the Prevention of Offspring with Hereditary Diseases

2. The German People and the Family

3. The German and the Jews

4. The Life and Death of Civilized Nations

5. Practical Experience in the Cultivation of Hereditary Health

6. The Marriage Health Law

7. Hereditary Value - Performance Value

8. All Life Is a Struggle, a Struggle for Existence

9. Race-hygienic Marriage Mediation

10. German Pre-history

Weinert was still not satisfied with these activities, however, and thus he also informed on deaf people he believed were hereditarily afflicted: "In about 300 cases, information and expert opinions were furnished to the health authorities, the hereditary health department of the Ministry of the Interior of Saxony, the hereditary health courts , as well as the race and morals authority of the SS," Weinert wrote. In addition, he provided the hereditary health authority of Saxony with genealogical charts for more than two hundred deaf families.

Weinert's activities challenge the argument of one German historian who has stated that teachers of disabled students, such as those who were blind or mentally impaired, only reluctantly supported the coercive nature of the 1933 sterilization law or complied with it with a bad conscience. This thesis can also be tested against

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