OUR WAY TO PRESENT ‘DEAF LIFE IN GERMANY AND EASTERN EUROPE DURING THE 1940’S,’ AT KINGSWAY JEWISH CENTER IN BROOKLYN, JULY 26
Our Way of New York, a program of Yachad | Jewish Disabilities Integration and the agency of the Orthodox Union for the deaf and hard of hearing, will present “Deaf Jewish Life in Germany and Eastern Europe During the 1940’s,” at Kingsway Jewish Center, 2810 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, on Tuesday, July 26 from 7-8:30 p.m.
The presenter will be Mark Zaurov, a deaf from birth native of the U.S.S.R. and an expert on the Deaf Holocaust.
Admission is $7 per person except for Kingsway Jewish Center members, who attend for free. A voice interpreter for hearing people and a Russian interpreter will be present. The program is sponsored by the Rabbi Leib Geliebter Memorial Foundation.
Mark Zaurov emigrated with his parents and his deaf sister to Israel in the Brezhnev era, finally resettling in Germany. In 1981 he completed his studies in sign language, pedagogy and history. He has lectured at universities throughout Europe and in the United States as well, in addition to Yad Vashem in Israel. His research includes interviews with Deaf Holocaust survivors and he is one of the editors of the “Proceedings of the Sixth Deaf History International Conference: Overcoming the Past.”
Mr. Zaurov will be in Washington for a four-month fellowship from the Charles H. Revson Foundation Center for Advanced Holocaust studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Our Way Director Rabbi Eliezer Lederfeind declared, “This is a very unique aspect of the Holocaust. Deaf people were double victims – the fact that some survived was nothing less than miraculous. This is a whole new chapter of what happened during the Holocaust.”
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