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  • Holocaust survivors gathered in four cities around the world on Tuesday to mark the third night of Hanukkah ― and to speak up about the horrors of anti-Semitism.

    Menorah-lighting ceremonies brought hundreds of survivors together in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow and South Orange, New Jersey. It’s a sight that is becoming increasingly rare, as the survivors advance in age.

    Roman Kent, an 89-year-old Polish-born Jew who survived three Nazi-run concentration camps, told a gathering of more than 100 survivors at South Orange’s Oheb Shalom Congregation that he hoped their presence would serve as a “beacon to future generations.”

    Kent said that for years his “horrific memories” of the Holocaust made it difficult for him to celebrate Jewish holidays and tradition. Now he thinks there are many similarities between the story of Hanukkah and the stories of Holocaust survivors.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b0680a7ec9d41f

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    • Trump celebrates Hanukkah with 8 Holocaust survivors

      President Donald Trump is celebrating Hanukkah in the company of eight Holocaust survivors, telling each they had endured "evil beyond description"

      The president also referenced the fatal October shooting of 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue. He says in the aftermath of that "sinister" killing, "we reaffirmed our solemn duty to confront anti-Semitism everywhere. Trump added that we "must stamp out this vile hatred from the world."

      https://www.foxnews.com/us/trump-cel...aust-survivors

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      • Holocaust survivor gets Dutch train company to pay damages

        Salo Muller's parents were transported to concentration camps during WWII by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen train company, which both charged Dutch Jews for the journey and got paid by the Nazis; Muller decided to take on the company and force it to pay compensation to family of the victims it sent to their deaths.

        https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,...420519,00.html

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        • 'MOST OF THE REFUGEES COULDN'T FIND ECUADOR ON A MAP'
          How tiny Ecuador had a huge impact on Jews escaping the Holocaust

          A new book by author Daniel Kersffeld tells how when many countries shut their doors to Jewish refugees, one welcomed them in, allowing them to thrive in the arts and sciences

          https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-ti...the-holocaust/

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          • My Step Father was Jewish. He was 22 years old when he flew B-24 bombers into Germany. His father was a prominent Doctor in New York. His two brothers were in medical school, but he chose to enlist in the Army Air Corp. He wanted to be a fighter pilot. But, they washed him out and sent him to bomber school. They said he was too quiet to be an aggressive fighter pilot- but he was a good pilot. He said he did not care. All he wanted to do was get at the Nazis. He made a great career retiring from the Air Force at last in 1970. - You would have never thought this man could hold an ounce of hate in his heart. I asked him why he wanted to fight the Nazis. he said simply, I knew they were evil and were murdering Jews. They had to be stopped. I figured that flying airplanes into Germany would be the best and fastest way of doing that."

            Because of him and his simple, direct logic, and his family had been German Jews from Frankfurt who would have ended up in the ovens if they had not emigrated to the US when they did, I have always been confused by American Jews supporting a political party that has a very sorry record of supporting Israel and Jews in general. It was, after all, Franklin Roosevelt who refused entry of the MS St. Louis in 1939, when America and the world already knew about the Nazis rounding up Jews in Europe and brutally murdering them. The St. Louis had over 900 desperate Jewish refugees, including children, fleeing that Nazi horror. The ship eventually had to return to Germany and most of the St. Louis refugees were murdered. Yet, to this very day, American Jews will universally support Roosevelt's party. My Step Father didn't- he put his life on the line against that sort of evil.

            I simply have no understanding of American Jews who seem oblivious to that which would harm them. I asked a modern-day American Jew about it. She told me, "Look we are American Jews, those are Israeli Jews. There is a big difference, you know!" No- I do not know. I will never know! I simply do not understand that difference. I guess it must be a Jewish thing.
            Last edited by Mastermind; 11-12-2018, 12:31 PM.

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            • Originally posted by Mastermind View Post
              My Step Father was Jewish. He was 22 years old when he flew B-24 bombers into Germany. His father was a prominent Doctor in New York. His two brothers were in medical school, but he chose to enlist in the Army Air Corp. He wanted to be a fighter pilot. But, they washed him out and sent him to bomber school. They said he was too quiet to be an aggressive fighter pilot- but he was a good pilot. He said he did not care. All he wanted to do was get at the Nazis. He made a great career retiring from the Air Force at last in 1970. - You would have never thought this man could hold an ounce of hate in his heart. I asked him why he wanted to fight the Nazis. he said simply, I knew they were evil and were murdering Jews. They had to be stopped. I figured that flying airplanes into Germany would be the best and fastest way of doing that."

              Because of him and his simple, direct logic, and his family had been German Jews from Frankfurt who would have ended up in the ovens if they had not emigrated to the US when they did, I have always been confused by American Jews supporting a political party that has a very sorry record of supporting Israel and Jews in general. It was, after all, Franklin Roosevelt who refused entry of the MS St. Louis in 1939, when America and the world already knew about the Nazis rounding up Jews in Europe and brutally murdering them. The St. Louis had over 900 desperate Jewish refugees, including children, fleeing that Nazi horror. The ship eventually had to return to German and most of the St. Louis refugees were murdered. Yet, to this very day, American Jews will universally support Roosevelt's party. My Step Father didn't- he put his life on the line against that sort of evil.

              I simply have no understanding of American Jews who seem oblivious to that which would harm them. I asked a modern-day American Jew about it. She told me, "Look we are American Jews, those are Israeli Jews. There is a big difference, you know!" No- I do not know. I will never know! I simply do not understand that difference. I guess it must be a Jewish thing.
              I've struggled with this self-identity as well. I say to some, 'but they're our people' and they laugh it off as if it's something ridiculous people say like 'I support reindeers in tights' if that's what they want then why not right? Apparently, not everyone is into it not with the way their parents have been ragging off on their relatives everytime a phone call comes in asking for money. Oh they'll cuss at them all day. Why help them? Because we always see our parents do that's why. Dumbass. That's why.

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              • Originally posted by Mastermind View Post
                My Step Father was Jewish. He was 22 years old when he flew B-24 bombers into Germany. His father was a prominent Doctor in New York. His two brothers were in medical school, but he chose to enlist in the Army Air Corp. He wanted to be a fighter pilot. But, they washed him out and sent him to bomber school. They said he was too quiet to be an aggressive fighter pilot- but he was a good pilot. He said he did not care. All he wanted to do was get at the Nazis. He made a great career retiring from the Air Force at last in 1970. - You would have never thought this man could hold an ounce of hate in his heart. I asked him why he wanted to fight the Nazis. he said simply, I knew they were evil and were murdering Jews. They had to be stopped. I figured that flying airplanes into Germany would be the best and fastest way of doing that."

                Because of him and his simple, direct logic, and his family had been German Jews from Frankfurt who would have ended up in the ovens if they had not emigrated to the US when they did, I have always been confused by American Jews supporting a political party that has a very sorry record of supporting Israel and Jews in general. It was, after all, Franklin Roosevelt who refused entry of the MS St. Louis in 1939, when America and the world already knew about the Nazis rounding up Jews in Europe and brutally murdering them. The St. Louis had over 900 desperate Jewish refugees, including children, fleeing that Nazi horror. The ship eventually had to return to German and most of the St. Louis refugees were murdered. Yet, to this very day, American Jews will universally support Roosevelt's party. My Step Father didn't- he put his life on the line against that sort of evil.

                I simply have no understanding of American Jews who seem oblivious to that which would harm them. I asked a modern-day American Jew about it. She told me, "Look we are American Jews, those are Israeli Jews. There is a big difference, you know!" No- I do not know. I will never know! I simply do not understand that difference. I guess it must be a Jewish thing.
                I don't want to detail this thread, but I think the answer to this commonly asked question has a lot to do with the inherent philosophical conflict between:

                A) The Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (fix the world) in a safe haven (US Jews); and,

                B) The practical realities of living in a dangerous neighborhood, after fleeing other dangerous neighborhoods (Israeli Jews).

                It is basically the Dennis Prager axiom: there are two types of Jews: those that speak Hebrew, and those that don't.

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                • CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY PRESERVES MEMORY OF HOLOCAUST IN A NEW WAY

                  While most people are familiar with the figure of six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, many are not aware that close to a third of that number were Soviet citizens who lived in the Soviet territories before 1941. This number included those Jews living in the territories of western Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, as well as the Baltic states which were annexed by the Soviets in 1939-1940. Many were killed as the Nazis passed through towns and cities as part of their occupation of Soviet territory, which began in June 1941. After World War II, Soviet historians and officials largely ignored and suppressed discussion of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union as a uniquely Jewish occurrence.

                  https://www.jpost.com//Israel-News/C...new-way-574296

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