Deaf Austrians and National Socialism


8 short films in Austrian Sign Language with German and English subtitles. Total playing time 220 min., Austria 2009

Research, script, directing, camera and editing: Verena Krausneker & Katharina Schalber

Narrator: Astrid Weidinger

In 8 thematically arranged chapters 24 Deaf eye-witnesses relate what they remember about the Nazi regime and WW 2:
Deaf Clubs · Schools for the Deaf · Euthanasia · Forced Sterilisations · Shoa · Camps · War · Resistance.
The DVD includes a glossary of important terms in ÖGS and German, as well as a list of important addresses and literature on the subject that can be downloaded.

The research project “Deaf Austrians in National Socialism” (May 2008 – April 2009) brought forth so far unknown historical facts about the harassed and discriminated Deaf minority in Austria. Verena Krausneker und Katharina Schalber produced a DVD that presents these facts and thus brings one aspect of Austrian Deaf history into focus.

The DVD has been sold out many times.
Therefore we decided to make the films available for online streaming.

Information: verena.krausneker AT