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German deaf community leaders’ efforts to differentiate deaf people from other populations with disabilities, in order to protect the deaf community from Nazi persecution, proved fruitless.
The contributions to Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe investigate how the Nazis acted upon previously existing theories of eugenics and “breeding” aimed at creating a “superior human race.” Such theories had enjoyed some popularity in Germany and other countries, including the United States.While the impeccable research in Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe depicts the persecution of the deaf community by the Nazis and their accomplices, the stories of the deaf survivors convey both plainly and plaintively the agonizing impact this persecution had on individuals.Children at the time of their plight, the deaf survivors recall even today the crowded cattle cars and the constant presence of death.Catalog Record A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: Research Access Collection is open for research.Collections Stored Off-Site This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve.They relate starkly and in heartbreaking fashion their uncertainty of what was happening, the chaotic and unexplained separations from their mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers.
More than five decades after the events, they recount the harrowing details of their miraculous survival as they grapple with mixed emotions about living and loss. Schuchman are Professor of History and Professor Emeritus of History respectively at Gallaudet University, Washington D.
The yearbooks give an overview of the activities at the Community Center and Nursery School which acted as a fundraising resource by including advertisements from supporting community members and businesses.
Organization and Arrangement The records are arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved.
Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.
In 1939, the building at 1516 West Girard Avenue was dedicated as the Friends of the Deaf Community Center.