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Author Biesold, Horst, 1939-

Title Crying hands : eugenics and deaf people in Nazi Germany / Horst Biesold ; translation by William Sayers ; introduction by Henry Friedlander.

Published Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet University Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  362.420943 BIES    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Klagende Hände. English
Physical description xix, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-222) and index.
Contents Introduction / Henry Friedlander -- 1. From Social Darwinism to National Socialism -- 2. The Concept of Hereditary Deafness under National Socialism -- 3. Teacher-Collaborators -- 4. Forced Abortions -- 5. Deaf Collaboration: REGEDE -- 6. Deaf Resistance -- 7. The Jewish Deaf in Germany -- 8. Sterilization's Legacy -- 9. Euthanasia and Deaf Germans -- App. 3. Documents Written by and in Support of Gertrud Jacob.
Summary "When the Nazis assumed power in Germany in 1933, they wasted no time in implementing their radical racial policies, first by securing passage of the Law for the Prevention of Offspring with Hereditary Diseases. Among those designated by this law as "congenitally disabled" were deaf people. Horst Biesold's newly translated book examines this neglected aspect of Nazi "racial hygiene" through interviews with more than 1,000 deaf survivors of this brutal law that authorized forced sterilizations, abortions, and eventually murder."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Deaf -- Government policy -- Germany.
Deafness -- Germany.
Medicine -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Eugenics -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Social Darwinism -- Germany.
ISBN 1563680777 (alk. paper)