Veditz hits the WWW

There are many short postings discussing Veditz lately

Video discusses George Veditz’s background and has a few short clips from his “Preservation” Speech

Video discusses how George Veditz tried to convince AG Bell of the errors of his ways
(Martha Anger is a student at NTID/RIT – yes, her real last name is Anger)


  • NTID/RIT VP Dr. Alan Hurwitz discusses the importance of signing in public places and shows a clip of Veditz’s speech – see bullet 4 for the Veditz video clip

“As long as we have Deaf people on earth, we will have signs. And as long as we have our films, we can preserve our signs in their original purity. It is my hope that we all will love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to Deaf people.” George Veditz (Translated by Carol Padden)


Numerous Vlog You Tube postings on Veditz

In a few vlogs Carl Schroeder (Kalalau’s Korner) analyzes Veditz’s quote –

“A new race of pharoahs that knew not Joseph are taking over the land and many of our American Schools.”

The rest of the quote goes on to state:

“They do not understand signs for they cannot sign. They proclaim that signs are worthless and of no help to the deaf. Enemies of the sign language, they are enemies of the true welfare of the deaf.”

I like his analysis of why Veditz chose Joseph to represent Deaf people (dream interpreter and leader to save the Jews from persecution) and why he calls the oral only advocates – A new race of pharaohs. Veditz is using biblical text to do a bit of prophesying. If Deaf education is colonized by oralism no one will really know who or what Deaf people are or can be. We will have no Joseph to prove the worth and value of our people – to have the pharaohs favors shine down upon us.

By denying Deaf people the right to be fully people of the eye – Oral Only Advocates will be attempting to exorcise the Deafhood out of them. To me the JOSEPH in this quote is ASL itself and Deafhood.

In the obituary for AG Bell that Veditz wrote – he echoed this sentiment of how the new race of pharaohs knew not Joseph.

“He (Bell) denied these educated deaf the privilege to decide which methods and means of education were best for the younger generation of their kind.

In this respect he was like the pigeon that defends its nest but not its eggs or young. He was concerned more with the manner of their education than with the deaf themselves.” The Jewish Deaf October 1922, pp. 13-15 (see ASL Community Journal for full obit. – scroll down a bit)

Veditz referring to a “new RACE of pharaohs…” also seems to hint at Bell’s paper on “the formation of a deaf variety of the human race” and Bell’s interest in Social Darwinism (Eugenics). To see article on Bell’s paper in New York Times 1884

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. deak
    Oct 15, 2007 @ 07:43:41


    Thanks for sharing this with us. I m learning more and more about Veditz, and Im impressed with him.


  2. Barb DiGi
    Oct 15, 2007 @ 09:39:59

    You did it again! Excellent piece of primary sources where I can use it as a proof than coming from the horse’s mouth (or hooves should I sign?). Thanks!

  3. egbertpress
    Oct 15, 2007 @ 13:14:50

    I hope everyone reads Bell’s paper in New York Times 1884 about Bell’s interest in Social Darwinism (Eugenics).

    Thanks so much and hope you can find more articles on Bell’s ideology for the Deaf.

    Please keep up the social awareness about Deaf issues.


  4. pdurr
    Oct 16, 2007 @ 09:33:18

    thanks for ur comments

    im crazy over primary sources also

    re: bell’s paper – the NY times article is about his paper and not his actual paper – Bell later disputed this article – saying they misquotes / mis understood him and he never appealed to congress for a law prohibiting Deaf to Deaf marriages but he did advocate for “preventive mtehods”

    i have not been able to find anywhere on the internet a link to his full paper “memories on the formation…” – if anyone finds it pls post the link here

    its a very important primary document which many have cited and discussed but few have ever seen – i can create another page soon quoting some of the section of his paper when i get the chance if no one can locate a link



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