Movement

A Memoir of Disability, Cancer, and the Holocaust

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About the Book

As William Roth was taking his first steps, members of his family were caught up in the Nazi Holocaust. At age eight, he began to manifest the symptoms of dystonia, a neurological disease characterized by severe movement disorders. And at age forty-seven, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil, a cancer that would prove as invasive as his genetic disease and as dreadful as his social persecution. This, his memoir, relates the three intertwined narratives and the miraculous success that one man carved from them.
Today, at age 65, Roth is more than a survivor. Mobilizing his courage to spearhead the discipline of disability studies, be active in the Disability Rights Movement, influence government policy toward disability, and found the non-profit Center for Computing and Disability, Roth has used his own disability to change the life of disabled people in America.

About the Author(s)

The late William Roth was on the faculty of the State University of New York, and the author of many other books, including several about the disabled. He lived in Albany, New York.

Bibliographic Details

William Roth
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3783-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Prologue      1

1. Say “Ahhh,” March 1988      3

2. Escape from Vienna, 1938–1945      5

3. The Cancer All-Stars, March 1988      9

4. Ashes and Dreams, 1938–1945      13

5. Can’t Help Glowing, March 1988      18

6. My Life of Crime, 1945–1950      21

7. Studying the Opposition, March 1988      26

8. The Wonder Years, 1950–1955      31

9. The Killing Details, March 1988      40

10. A Hole in the Head, 1955–1960      47

11. Three Days to Burn, March 1988      56

12. Yale, 1960–1961      59

13. Cancer, Present Tense, March 31, 1988      64

14. Sophomore Drill, 1961–1962      66

15. Slow Burn, April 1988      70

16. Biting the Big Apple, 1963–1964      74

17. What, Me Worry? Spring 1988      81

18. Berkeley: The ’60s      90

19. Warrior, August 1988      98

20. American in Paris, 1966–1967      103

21. Chemical Warfare, Autumn 1988–Spring 1990      111

22. First Person, Political, 1967–1970      115

23. A Radical Reunion, Spring 1989      123

24. A Nice Guy Like Me, 1970–1978      131

25. A Pain in the Neck, June 1989      146

26. Albany, 1978–1988      151

27. Dancing in the Street, June 1989      157

28. After the War, 1989–1990      159

29. Press Pause, 1990–2000      162

30. Return to Dystonia, 2003–2007      172

Index      189