1:4 Wednesday, December 15, 1999
Critics are praising the seamless weaving of scholarship and narrative in Crying Hands, Hosrt Biesold's wrenching study of eugenics and deaf people in Nazi Germany. The October issue of ForeWord magazine paces the book's admirers: "In Crying Hands author Horst Biesold describes the heartache of these deaf victims. He interviewed through sign language 1,215 people. Their hands tell a painful story of mutilation and life-time suffering."
Dr. Anita Grossman of Columbia University is even more generous in her assessment: "Horst Biesold's Crying Hands is part of an important trend in German historiography of the Nazi period: practitioners in so-called ‘helping professions' such as medicine, psychiatry or social work, who turn to historical research to express outrage at their professions' practices during the Third Reich, expose the collaborating and sometimes murderous history of teachers and colleagues, and not least, to help seek redress for forgotten victims of Nazi crimes." Dr. Grossman further applauds the human element of Biesold's work: "Particularly welcome is the author's inclusion of many stories in the victims' own voices, giving poignant agency to people who in many cases are still suffering physically and/or psychically from the force abortions or sterilizations performed under the Nazis."
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