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              Milan 1957

              Location:Milan, Italy
              Opening Date:25 Aug 1957
              Closing Date:30 Aug 1957

              For those who know Deaf history, in 1880,  Milan was the site of the infamous international conference of deaf educators, the "Second International Congress on Education of the Deaf."  It was during this conference that a declaration was made against using sign language in schools.

              For some, it may be like a twist to have 8th International Silent Games be hosted in Milan, almost 90 years later.  The mission of the Games was to promote unity among the world-wide Deaf by having social, culture and language inclusion of the Deaf community.   This mission was totally in opposition of the educators from the 1880 conference.  They believed that the deaf should be integrated into the hearing community.  

              It was also in Milan that the 8th Silent Games had a jump of 162 more athlete participants from 9 more countries than the previous Games in 1953.  That record stood for the next 8 years.



              Countries participated:

              Flag: Austria Austria24024
              Flag: Belgium Belgium33033
              Flag: Bulgaria Bulgaria14216
              Flag: Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia21122
              Flag: Denmark Denmark14216
              Flag: Finland Finland20020
              Flag: France France53053
              Flag: Germany Germany451560
              Flag: Great Britain Great Britain33336
              Flag: Greece Greece101
              Flag: Hungary Hungary31334
              Flag: Iran Iran202
              Flag: Israel Israel808
              Flag: Italy Italy841195
              Flag: Netherlands Netherlands10313
              Flag: New Zealand New Zealand101
              Flag: Norway Norway11011
              Flag: Poland Poland19827
              Flag: Romania Romania23528
              Flag: Soviet Union Soviet Union161026
              Flag: Spain Spain202
              Flag: Sweden Sweden16016
              Flag: Switzerland Switzerland15015
              Flag: United States United States37340
              Flag: Yugoslavia Yugoslavia32436