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History of Deaf Holocaust Victims

This month marks the forty-first anniversary of the Holocaust. History shows that Jewish people have suffered through many tragedies. The Holocaust, however, was the largest single incident. Over six million people were killed, mostly in concentration camps. Not only were Jewish people targeted by the Nazis, but deaf people, in fact, all handicapped people was also on the Nazis' list. The Nazis believed that certain groups of people including Jewish and handicapped people were "imperfect". They wanted to create a single race that was "perfect".

Now that forty one years has passed, we should never forget what has taken place. It is an appropriate time to think of our loved ones who perished and "let us never forget what happened." Two deaf Holocaust survivors have passed away recently - Joseph Schertz, and Frieda Wurmfeld.

JDCC Preserves History

image On May 22, 1994, JDCC held a Holocaust panel discussion at the Museum of Tolerance. Flyers were designed in shape of the Star of David on yellow paper and mailed to the Los Angeles deaf community. Six deaf people were on the panel and shared their own personal Holocaust experiences.

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Deaf Jews In Sports

Stephan Kugel
Gallaudet Athletic Hall of Famer
Track & Cross Country
image Stephan Kugel, a New York native, but a resident of Valdese, NC took his track and field and cross country running very seriously during his Gallaudet days in the fifties. It was a matter of pride to him not to fail or to let Gallaudet down each time he put on his running shoes prior to each meet, be it in track and field or cross country.

By the time he graduated from Gallaudet in 1957 he won two Mason-Dixon Conference cross country championship (1954 and 1955). He finished runner ups in 1956 despite not feeling well and running sick all the way to the finish line.

Making up in track and field for his runner up finish in cross country Kugel won the 1957 Mason-Dixon Conference championship in the two-mile run. In these days Mason-Dixon was probably one of the toughest small college conferences in the nation, comprising of Catholic, Mt. St. Mary's, Bridgewater, Randolph Macon, Loyola, Towson, American among others. Bridgewater sent two of their better athletes to the Olympics - which is an indication of the high level of competition that Kugel had to face. And some of these school eventually moved up to the NCAA-1 level.

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Issues

This Month's Video

Interview - Part One – Length: 9:51 Samuel Landau was born in Romania but moved to Israel at the age of 6 with his...

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