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New Berlin Museum Exhibit Covers Deaf Jews In Workshops

Under auspices of the Jewish Museum and as part of the "Blind Trust" project in Eastern Berlin, a small Berlin museum there has an exhibit in tribute to Erich Frey and her 12-page letter he wrote in 1942 to his daughters who had left Germany three years earlier. In this letter, Frey gives a personal account of persecution under the Nazis. The exhibition takes place in the workshop where German owner Otto Weidt employed blind and deaf people to make brushes. Weidt was able to protect Jews up to 1943--among them Frey, a former bank employee. Frey and his wife Elsbeth had to go in hiding in 1943 and they were discovered in April 1944 by the Gestapo and deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia where they were taken to the Auschwitz death camp.

Equalize Payments To Deaf?

Ruth Sinai, Ha'aretz correspondent reports in the July 3rd edition of The Ha'aretz Daily News in Tel Aviv that the Finance Ministry in Israel is proposing to equalize National Insurance Institute (Nil) payments to hearing-impaired children. This discovery was made in a document the Ministry submitted to the High Court of Justice. Under current regulations, a hearing-impaired child receives a full disability allowance up to the age of eight, a 50% allowance between ages 8-13, and a 70% allowance 14 years and older. David Harpaz, father of a deaf girl, had petitioned the court opposing these regulations arguing that they are totally irrational and that all deaf children, of any age, should receive a full allowance. The state's response noted that both the treasury and Nil agreed. The treasury proposes, however, to equalize the allowances without increasing the budget meaning some children would receive more and others would start receiving less.

Cochlear Implant Author To Make Appearances

Arlene Romoff, author of "Hear Again - Back to Life with a Cochlear Implant" is making appearances at a number of conventions this summer: the SHHH national convention in Cherry Hill, NJ; the Northeast Regional Family Retreat in Sturbridge, MA, and the Cochlear Implant Association Convention in Minneapolis, MN. Romoff was hearing until she became 20 years old. "Little by little, slowly but surely, my hearing kept declining until 30 years later, I had virtually none". Her book focuses on her year-long journey back to the "hearing world" with her cochlear implant. It is published by the League for the Hard of Hearing in New York. For information, contact the League's Publications Department at 71 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 or http://www.lhh.org/catalog/hearagain.htm.

Sculptist Gary Mayers Makes Noise

mayers The Union-Tribune in San Diego, CA reported on June 28th the accomplishments of Gary Mayers who sculpts works of art in his studios from wood, marble, metal, stone and resin. Mayers, 46, has always known since high school that he would "do the art and sculpture for other people to enjoy". Mayer's work is displayed at the Lillian Berkley Collection in Escondido, CA. He sold his first piece in 1984 through a gallery in 1984. It was a bronze piece resembling a fish called 'Fossil'. He says some of his sculpture pieces takes as long as a year. A four-foot long replica of his 10-inch piece 'Form' has been commissioned by Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

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