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Signed testimony of Simon Carmel

Signed testimony of Simon Carmel

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.9.1 | RG Number: RG-50.609.0001, 2006

Simon Carmel, born in Baltimore, MD, discusses

  • how he became involved in research on Deaf Holocaust survivors;
  • locating Deaf survivors in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC;
  • how he chose to write the stories down instead of film them;
  • some of his frustrations trying to capture the individuals’ stories;
  • common themes in the experiences of the survivors;
  • the statistics on Deaf people who were killed in Europe during the Holocaust;
  • conferences he has attended, including an international conference at Gallaudet University;
  • preserving other genocide stories;
  • signs that have been used for the Holocaust as well as Holocaust-related terms, such as “Nazi” and “Star of David badges”;
  • and the importance of sharing stories of personal experiences.

ASL, no subtitles