“My cousin Helen, who is in her 90s now, was in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. She and a bunch of the girls in the ghetto had to do sewing each day. And if you were found with a book, it was an automatic death penalty. She had gotten hold of a copy of ‘Gone With the Wind’, and she would take three or four hours out of her sleeping time each night to read. And then, during the hour or so when they were sewing the next day, she would tell them all the story. These girls were risking certain death for a story. And when she told me that story herself, it actually made what I do feel more important. Because giving people stories is not a luxury. It’s actually one of the things that you live and die for.” –Neil Gaiman
that awkward moment when you’re discussing the holocaust in class, and you, the only jewish person in the classroom, raise your hand to speak, and the teacher literally says “i don’t want to hear the jewish perspective.”
and then, in the same breath, asks, “what causes such rampant antisemitism?”
This video depicts the moment Sir Nicholas Winton realises he is in the same room as hundreds of Jewish people he saved as children during the Holocaust. While appearing on the TV show, “That’s Life!” the host Esther Rantzen asked the audience: “May I ask, is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton? If so, could you stand up, please?” To Winton’s shock, the entire audience stood up.
Winton was responsible for organising eight trains full of children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to London in 1939. While supporters in Britain were working to get Jewish intellectuals and communists out of Czechoslovakia, nobody was attempting to save the children so Winton took it on himself. Once Winston secured their escape, he travelled to Britain where he persuaded British officials to accept the children as long as foster homes were found. In all, Winton saved the lives of 669 children. He was not recognised for his achievements until 60 years later because he kept quiet about his exploits. In 2003, he received a knighthood from the queen for his services to humanity.
POLAND. January 27, 1995. A woman lights a candle on the rail tracks leading to the Nazi concentration and extermination camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, during the commemoration of the Soviet liberation of the complex of camps 50 years ago. An estimated 1.5 million people were killed in the Auschwitz complex during Nazi rule.
I try not to speak up about Trump because he exhausts me like no other. But blaming the shooting on the fact that there were no armed guards at the Synagogue. I want to be very clear here: this is rhetoric that goes back to blaming the victims of the Holocaust for not having guns. Not only is this not true, it is antisemitic. STOP BLAMING JEWS FOR BEING SLAUGHTERED. IT IS NOT OUR FAULT - IT IS THE FAULT OF THE NAZIS, ALT RIGHT, AND OTHER ANTISEMITES THAT ATTACK US.