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Anne Frank and her family were also denied entry as refugees to the U.S.
"Perhaps you remember that we have two girls," Anne Frank's father wrote to a friend. "It is for the sake of the children mainly that we have to care for. Our own fate is of less importance."
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“Otto Frank’s efforts to get his family to the United States ran afoul of restrictive American immigration policies designed to protect national security and guard against an influx of foreigners during time of war,” Breitman wrote.

The historian told NPR in 2007 that the documents suggest “Anne Frank could be a 77-year-old woman living in Boston today – a writer.”

Instead, she died at the age of 15 at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

Robert Collis, an Irish doctor, carrying Zoltan Zinn-Collins, a young child who had just survived the Holocaust. He had been located at Bergen-Belsen where his mother, one of his sisters and his brother had died. His father died in Ravensbruck.

Following the war, Dr. Robert Collis brought five orphans from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp to Ireland. He adopted Zoltan and his one surviving sister.

David Starr defends Judaism
[March 27th, 2016]

An incident occurred at CZW’s Proving Grounds last night that involved David Starr, and some less than friendly fans. Starr explains:

There is a section of fans that regularly throws change at me, and uses the word “Jew” towards me in a negative way. This has gone on for nearly a year at CZW. I have thick skin. You have to in order to be involve with pro wrestling. For months I’ve just let this slide by, and just gone with the flow. However, after seeing what I saw at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany I’m done letting this be ok. I saw mounds of people, mounds that were mass burials from people who were murdered simply for believing what they do. I will not stand for this behavior any longer.

This is the second incident in the past two weeks where I’ve had to speak up about fans acting this way towards my Judaism. I don’t understand why these things are ok in 2016. Why is it that people feel comfortable in being racist? Not only comfortable being racist, but comfortable enough to act on in a public setting amongst people they don’t know! This type of hate is not warranted. Whether it’s against Jews, blacks, gays, Latinos, etc. NONE OF IT IS OK.

There is a major difference between heckling at a professional wrestling show, and this. You bought a ticket, say whatever you want about the show, but DO NOT discriminate against the performers, or anyone else for that matter.

Grow up, people. We are cut from the same cloth.

Dear American citizens who really dare to vote for Trump:
Consider reading the history of my home country, Germany, and dare to say Trump will fix your nation again. I dare you. I will be happy to invite you over to Germany and show you the results of what an Austrian maniac did to this country to ‘fix’ our economy in dark times. That man promised you the same shit Trump does.

Result: Millions of people were killed for their race, religion, physical and mental disabilities and sexualities.
In Germany, 6000 bombs are still found from WW2. Per YEAR.
Our country was divided in two. And even after it being removed and even after our reunion, the wall still exists in our minds. East and West Germans are a thing. We are two different cultures, scarred. We can’t think of each other as the same.

I will gladly take you on a tour to visit Bergen-Belsen’s concentration camp. I hope you know who Anne Frank was.
That’s gonna be so much FUN and looks like such a BRIGHT future for America. WALKING OVER A FUCKING MASS GRAVE.

If you are seriously thinking, that racism and hate will fix your fucked up nation, you seriously are the scum of the earth. I mean it. Not only didn’t you learn shit about world history and politics, you are a fucking BIGOT.

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June 12th 1942: Anne Frank receives her diary

On this day in 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday. She had seen the book, bound with red and white checkered cloth, a few days before and her father gave it to her for her birthday. Frank, a Jewish German national, lived in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Her family went into hiding in 1942 to escape the persecution of the Jewish population, and Frank documented her experiences. Her group was eventually betrayed after two years in hiding and Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp from typhus in March 1945. Her father survived, and upon his return to Amsterdam found his daughter’s diary, which documented her life from 14th June 1942 to 1st August 1944, and had it translated and published.

Anne Frank would have turned 86 today

“As a young girl, I lived through the Holocaust in the Netherlands, and later in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

At the age of 12, I returned to the Netherlands with my mother and two older siblings. My father did not survive Bergen-Belsen.

It was clear to me that I would move to Israel, and at the age of twenty I did just that. I met and married Aki, who is originally from South Africa, we settled in Kibbutz Tzora, where we still live today, and we started to build our family.

Our five children all served in the IDF and I was proud of every one of them, especially Ran, who was a pilot in the Air Force. He was grievously killed in a helicopter accident.

Our children raised beautiful families, and now, five of our grandchildren serve in the IDF.

It is a special feeling, knowing the there is continuity. They are my personal victory!”

— 

Mirjam Lapid-Andriesse was born on April 17, 1933, in Deventer, Netherlands. The Nazis invaded the Netherlands when Mirjam was seven, and in a short time, laws restricting the Jews were put into place and forced upon them. They had to wear a yellow star, were isolated from public life and eventually, Jewish children, including Mirjam, were not allowed to attend school.

Mirjam was the only Jewish child at her school, and when the Nazis came to take Jewish children out of class, Mirjam’s principal tried to protect her, and was beaten up by the German soldiers. For the next two years, Mirjam studied in a makeshift class that was established by the Jewish community.

In 1943, Mirjam and her family were taken to the Ghetto in Amsterdam. In July of the same year, they were deported to the Westerbork concentration camp. In January 1944, Mirjam and her family were transported to Bergen-Belsen. Of the 3,000 dutch Jews sent to the concentration camp, only 600 survived.

Mirjam’s father died in the camp, but she survived along with her mother and two older siblings. The four of them were liberated in April 1945. In 1953, Mirjam arrived in Israel, where she met her husband, Aki, and started her family.

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On May 21, British Colonel Bird, Commandant of Bergen-Belsen Camp, gave the order for the last hut at the concentration camp to be burned. A rifle salute was fired in honor of the dead and the British flag was run up at the same moment as a flame-thrower set fire to the last hut. A German flag and portrait of Hitler went up in flames inside the hut in June of 1945. [x]

French President Warns the Holocaust "Could Yet Return"


Europe on Sunday remembered the atrocities and horror of three death camps run by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War with ceremonies in Germany, Croatia and France.

At the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, the president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, recalled the shock of the first images to emerge from the camp when it was liberated 70 years ago, reports AFP.

“We saw the bulldozers pushing naked bodies into open pits. The walking skeletons. The unbelievable sadness and loss,” he said at a ceremony attended by around 70 survivors.

The sombre and emotional scenes were mirrored at Jasenovac in Croatia, where families, officials and diplomats gathered to remember the liberation of a concentration camp where tens of thousands were tortured and brutally murdered.

In France, President Francois Hollande warned that the continued existence of racism and anti-Semitism meant “the worst could yet return” as he led commemorations at Struthof in the Alsace region, site of the only Nazi camp on French soil.

More than 50,000 deportees from across Europe lost their lives at the Bergen-Belsen camp in western Germany between 1941 and 1945, including the young Jewish diarist Anne Frank, in addition to 20,000 prisoners of war.

German President Joachim Gauck paid tribute to the British soldiers who freed the camp and restored “humanity” to the country.

“With their actions and their approach, driven by humanity, a new epoch began. People, the former ‘master race,’ would see that human sympathy can indeed be learned,” said Gauck.

“As such, they were the shining counter-example to the advancing Germans who in the years before conquered, subjugated, enslaved and plundered Europe.”
The horrors of Jasenovac

In Croatia, the commemorations marked the 70th anniversary of an attempted escape by around 600 inmates from the Jasenovac death camp, known as “Croatia’s Auschwitz.”

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum estimates that 100,000 people - mostly Serbs, Jews, Roma and anti-fascist Croatians - were killed there.
Serbia claims the figure could be as high as 700,000.

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On April 15, 1945, British forces liberated Bergen Belsen. The British found around sixty thousand prisoners in the camp, most of them seriously ill. More than 13,000 former prisoners, too ill to recover, died after liberation. During its existence, approximately 50,000 persons died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp complex including Anne Frank and her sister Margot, both of whom died in the camp in February 1945.