Conférence "Témoins sourds, témoins silencieux"

Saturday 14 September 2024

Conference "Deaf witnesses, silent witnesses" or how the persecution of the deaf by the Nazis was passed over in silence by Brigitte Lemaine, sociologist and film-maker.
As a child, I understood from discussions between deaf adults that deaf people had been very frightened under the Nazi occupation.
I've always wondered what happened, but I never found the answer in the history books.
I knew that during the war my grandfather had lost his job as a writer-lithographer (graphic designer) for advertising, first at Imprimeries Chaix and then on his own, because he ran out of paper, as only the German authorities and their collaborators were allowed to print. My mother confided in me that it was she who queued for supplies and that her father had had to work on Nazi building sites with a deaf friend. I remember a story about how he had been beaten up because he hadn't heard the orders and how his hands had been damaged by the hard work.
In 1992, when I was asked to take part in Armand Gatti's play "Le chant d'amour des Alphabets d'Auschwitz" (The Love Song of the Auschwitz Alphabets), in which he wanted to incorporate sign language alphabets, I asked deaf actor Joël Liennel to take part and for a debate to be organised on the issue of the deaf under the Third Reich. It took place on 27 January 1993 at the Bagnolet library thanks to the director Stéphane Gatti and the Association des Sourds Juifs de France. Deaf people came from all over France and the debate was filmed. This was the starting point for a lengthy research process that culminated in the production of two documentary films, "Témoins sourds, témoins muets" (Deaf witnesses, mute witnesses) in 1993 and "Témoins sourds, témoins silencieux" (Deaf witnesses, silent witnesses) broadcast on the History channel in 2001 and in festivals, cinemas (last screening 4 June 2023 in Marennes) and associations, which are practically the only trace of the oppression of the deaf, whether Jews or not (sterilisation, deportation and extermination) by Hitler and his regime of murderous terror.
Ouvertures14/09/2024 from 2pm to 7pm.
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Salle Pierre Provence Place de la Libération
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