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May 11, 2008

First Memorial in the UK to Mark Disabled People's Treatment in Nazi Germany

nazidisabled.jpgThe first memorial in the UK, to recognise the one million disabled people who were persecuted, sterilised or killed by Nazi Germany has been unveiled. This has located at The Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire. Firstly it serves as an important memory, these people are never forgotten. It is also about time some more mainstream recognition was given, as history contains important lessons and a good education to prevent repeats including discriminatory law and policy.

Within this, I hope that deaf people gained recognition, as they were killed and sterilised, too. Subjected to the Law for Prevention of Offspring with Hereditary Disease 1933, the Marital Health Law 1935 and Action T4.

Ask the Readers:
Were any deaf people at this event?

Source:
Nazis' disabled victims honoured (including photo credit)
Blind survivor tells of Holocaust

Elsewhere:
The Deaf Holocaust: Deaf People and Nazi Germany - Quick Facts
Crying Hands - Gallaudet University Press
Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany (Google Books)
Deaf People and World War II (RIT)
Deaf People in the Holocaust: The Extraordinary Story [PDF]
The Nazi Persecution of Deaf People - Panel Presentation
Stop Eugenics