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Study the Holocaust Through Deaf Eyes

Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Deaf People in Hitlers Europe, edited by Donna F. Ryan and John S. Schuchman, is a collection of essays that were inspired by the Deaf People in Hitlers Europe, 1933-1945, conference staged at Gallaudet University in 1998. The conference included formal academic presentations as well as witness panels, a screening of the 1932 film Verkannte Menschen (Misjudged People), an opportunity for deaf Europeans to formally join the Survivors’ Registry at the museum, and a moving ecumenical memorial service for deaf Holocaust victims conducted by Fred Friedman, a deaf rabbi, in the [museums] Hall of Witness. After the conference, it seemed appropriate to publish some of the presentations,” writes co-author Donna F. Ryan in her preface.

Divided into three parts, Racial Hygiene, The German Experience, and The Jewish Deaf Experience, this volume presents papers on such topics as the role of medical professionals in deciding who should be sterilized, forbidden to marry, or murdered; the expense of educating deaf students when they could not be soldiers or bear healthy children; and the plight of deaf Jews in Hungary. You can read more about this important facet of the Holocaust in an excerpt from Part III: The Jewish Deaf Experience, and order this vital study at 20% off the regular price.

Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe is the third publication on the topic of the Holocaust and deaf experiences. Other titles include Surviving in Silence: A Deaf Boy in the Holocaust, The Harry I. Dunai Story by Eleanor C. Dunai and Horst Biesold’s Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany.

Jan Branson and and Don Millers Damned for Their Difference: The Cultural Construction of Deaf People as Disabled earned the endorsement of The Midwest Book Review in its November 2002 issue of the Wisconsin Bookwatch newsletter: Damned For Their Difference is a very strongly recommended, inherently fascinating and arguably persuasively written account of an endemic social issue with respect to the hearing impaired.Their wide-ranging study offers a well-founded explanation of how the discrimination against deaf people came to be through a discursive exploration of the cultural, social, and historical contexts of these attitudes and behavior toward deaf people, especially in Great Britain. Read the complete review and Chapter Two and order Damned for Their Difference.

In its November 2002 issue, CHOICE magazine highlights Ethics in Mental Health and Deafness edited by Virginia Gutman. “Gutmans unique volume explores ethical issues in mental health as they apply to mental health practitioners and patients within the Deaf community, writes D. J. Winchester of Yeshiva University. He concludes with, This collection should be required reading not only for mental health practitioners but also for undergraduate and graduate students and researchers interested in Deaf culture. Click here to read the review in its entirety. To find out more about this title, which covers a range of issues from matters of confidentiality to genetic counseling and testing for deafness, read Chapter Three, Law and Ethics in Mental Health and Deafness,” and order Ethics in Mental Health and Deafness.

February 1, 2003 is the early-bird registration date for Gallaudet University Press Institutes second international conference “Genetics, Disability, and Deafness.” Register now and save 10% off the regular registration fee. For more information about the conference and to register online, go to http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/gupiconference/index.html.


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