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In memory of my father Rene Salomon van der Velde and those in my family who suffered, were tormented, tortured and murdered, and who were forever silenced I vow to #NeverForget and to never be silent in the face of hate. #HolocaustRemembranceDay 🕊️
2. My great Opa Salomon van der Kaars. My father remembered him fondly. He said Salomon would take the train to visit the family on weekends and would always bring him balloon and a cake from the bakery near the station. He was murdered April 04, 1943 . #HolocaustRemembranceDay
3. These are my Opa and Oma Betje Akker and Emmanuel van der Velde. He was a butcher and cantor. They were transported in a cattle car and murdered in Sobibor extermination camp July 2 1943. #HolocaustRemembranceDay
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🤬 CONTEMPT - for the law🤬

AG William Barr decides not to appear at House Judiciary Committee meeting. Nadler threatens contempt. Nadler calls the WH a "clear and present danger."
🤬 CONTEMPT 2 - for the law 🤬

Without Congressional approval, governments of Iraq, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Thailand, and EU got the green light to rent in Trump World Tower.

Barr is helping to dismantle the ACA.
🤬 CONTEMPT 3 - for the law 🤬

Butina's National Prayer Breakfast schedule is out and it's heavily redacted.

Speaker Pelosi calls out Barr lying under oath.

Sen. Kamala Harris asked Barr point blank why he didn't review underlying evidence, despite making a charging decision.
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1942 school photo taken in Deventer, 300km from where I grew up. Six months later, only Felice Polak, the girl in the white dress, was still alive. She survived the war and lived to age 85, only passing away last month. #HolocaustMemorialDay
"In September 1943 the last Jews who were not in hiding were deported from Amsterdam (...). In the Netherlands, a total of 107,000 Jews were deported to nazi concentration camps. Of that number, only 5,000 survived the war."
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It is International Holocaust Day. It's important to remember that the Holoicaust began not with mass murder in the Soviet Union, or, later, gas chambers like Auschwitz. It began years before, with civilized people turning upon one another w/fear, sterotypes & dehumanization /1
Many folks don't know that the Nazis built gas chambers, in part, to make mass murder more efficient and less stressful - for the killers, that is. It was too time consuming and inefficient to shoot men, women and children one by one - like this Mother and child in Ukraine
On this #HolocaustMemorialDay, these two books stand out. They are difficult to read, deeply painful and haunting. But history books are meant to teach and make us think - and these do
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Trump: Day 737
-Posts Fake Immigration Statistics
-Prepared 4 Another Gov't Shutdown
-Hires 33 Border Agents in 14 Mos
-Thinks Nat'l Emergency Best Option
-Tries 2 Distance Himself From Stone
-Treasury Lifts Deripaska's Sanctions
-May Use Military Force in Venezuela
Day 842 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 693 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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10 filmes para hoje, 27 de janeiro, Dia Internacional da Lembrança do Holocausto.

1. "O Menino do Pijama Listrado" (2008)
2. "A Lista de Schindler" (1993)
3. "O Pianista" (2002)
4. "A Vida é Bela" (1997)
5. "O Leitor" (2008)
6. "O Filho de Saul" (2015)
7. "Trem da Vida" (1998)
8. "Bastardos Inglórios" (2009)
9. "A Menina que Roubava Livros" (2013)
10. "O Jardim dos Finzi-Contini" (1970)
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Thinking on #HolocaustMemorialDay about one particular story among millions that I read recently at Yad Vashem, and which I've thought about most days since
A wealthy man who feared for his family's safety had sold his house & used the money to buy a diamond and emerald necklace, which he could use either in the future or to trade for their safety. The necklace was hidden under some floor boards
He & his wife were sent to the camps. His wife was murdered. He somehow managed to survive. He was eventually released & years later went back. The necklace was still there. He couldn't bring himself to sell it. He later donated it to Yad Vashem, where it still sits #WeRemember
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Many don't consider what happened to Holocaust survivors after camps were liberated, especially the thousands of orphaned children that had survived.

In 1945, 732 of them were brought to the UK to recuperate and begin a new life.

#HolocaustMemorialDay #HolocaustRemembranceDay
The 732 child survivors were brought to the UK by the Central British fund, now @WJRelief, who also organised the Kindertransport scheme.

The CBF lobbied the government, who agreed to grant the children two year visas provided not a cent was spent on them

Money to care for the child survivors was raised privately, largely by the Jewish community.

The 732 children, of whom only 80 were girls, were sent to hostels around the UK. Their story is the forgotten final chapter of the Kindertransport scheme.

#HolocaustRemembranceDay #HMD
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Lots of thoughts running through my head today, the 2nd anniversary of the #MuslimBan .

My daughter who asked me "Why does he hate Muslims?" on seeing the future President call to shut down Muslim immigration. She dismissed him: 'He doesn't need to be part of the conversation.'
I remember the heroes that showed up at Dulles and beyond. The ones who didn't have relatives or clients who'd be impacted by banishment from our country, but showed up anyway. The man who yelled "Welcome to America!" to everyone who walked through the int'l arrival doors.
The chants welcoming refugees. The multilingual signs, the law firm that grew organically out of the arrivals hall. And my colleagues who dropped everything to rush to Dulles. We did better than "access to counsel:" we brought counsel to those who needed it, when they needed it.
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It’s #HolocaustMemorialDay and I am remembering:
6,000,000 Jews
3,000,000 Soviet POWs
250,000 people with disabilities
200,000 Roma
70,000 “asocials”
1,900 Jehovah’s Witnesses
1000’s of gay and trans men
...and the many others who were caught in the Nazi dragnet.
I am also thinking of our propensity to want to turn the Holocaust into a moral lesson, which risks minimizing the scale and significance of this genocide. Today seems like as good a time as any to share a piece I wrote on what we risk by doing just that:…
I am also thinking of what stories are told about the Holocaust and what stories should be added so that we understand what happened more fully. Like the persecution of black people...…
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On #HolocaustMemorialDay, a reminder that Hitler began with the devaluing and murder of disabled lives. Too often we forget to honor the hundreds of thousands of disabled people killed during the Holocaust or tell the story of how they died. So I will. (Thread)
1/ One of the first steps taken by the Nazis in their pursuit of the "master race" was instituting the "Law for the Prevention of Progeny of Hereditary Diseases" in 1933, which called for the sterilization of all disabled people. #HolocaustMemorialDay
2/ Along with this law's passage, the Nazis also increased their propaganda against disabled people, labeling them as "unworthy of life" and "useless eaters". #HolocaustMemorialDay
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1. In 2016 I feared for our country. On this #HolocaustMemorialDay that fear now encompasses the western liberal democracy that has kept order and peace post WWII. National populism has spread across the hemisphere on a dark trajectory - one already outlined in history.
2. We are failing to see the bigger picture, blinded by the myopic lens of tribalism. Putin, however, is clear-eyed. This is his vision and has been all along. Populism isn’t a solution to a problem. It is a reaction to a problem -largely the problem of wealth inequality.
3. National populism revolves around the following: a) political distrust b) perceived destruction of national cultures c) anxiety about deprivation of jobs and income d) dealignment of political parties with voters.…
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How world leaders are marking #HolocaustMemorialDay:

🇩🇪: Emphasizes fight against anti-Semitism in video address.
🇬🇧: Visits Holocaust Educational Trust, leaves supportive message
🇨🇦: Apologizes for “inaction and apathy” during Nazi era.
🇺🇸: Anti-immigrant and -press disinfo

After vilifying immigrants and the press all morning in his routine disinformation, Trump comes around to tweeting out an #HMD2019 acknowledgement in the afternoon.

What preceded it undercuts the message contained herein:…
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Many have asked why I am so anti-Kushner. I suppose it's a fair question, so I feel I should explain. It's going to take a thread..
We'll start in the beginning, with Jared's grandparents, Joseph Berkowitz and Rae, his grandmother.
Not sure why Joseph changed his name from Berkowitz to Kushner, but it's probably because America was largely antisemitic in the late 40's and 50's, so the less Jewish name was better for business. Joseph and Rae went from broke, to owning 4000 apartments in 20 yrs.
Not sure how Joseph Kushner amassed so much wealth in such a short time, There's some reference to the immigrant Jews all sticking together and loaning amongst themselves to make their group stronger. Joseph handed this wealth down to his children, Charles and Murray
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“My people were brought here chains. Your people were driven here to escape the chains fashioned for them in Europe. Our unity is born of our common struggle for centuries, not only to rid ourselves of bondage, but to make oppression of any people an impossibility,”MLK #Holocaust
"There are Hitlers loose in America in the World today in both in high and low places, As the tensions and bewilderment of economic problems become more severe, history scapegoats, the Jews, will be joined by new scapegoats, the Blacks." MLK #HolocaustMemorialDay
"The Hitlers will seek to divert people’s minds and turn their frustrations and anger to the helpless ... Whether the Black man and Jew shall live in peace will depend upon ... how effectively they reach the minds of the decent human beings to halt this deadly diversion." #HMD
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Today is #HolocaustMemorialDay⁠ ⁠and I’m reminded of my great-grandmother, who I was lucky enough to have in my life as my safe space and champion until her 90s. Her story of survival from Poland, to France, and finally to the US is one I’m grateful to have on paper.
Esther Rose Thumim was a remarkable woman. Fleeing Poland under Nazi occupation was no easy task. My great-grandparents saved my grandmother’s life in the process, while losing family along the way. They arrived in France when my grandmother was a small child.
When they came the US, through Ellis Island, my great-grandfather was sent to another state for quarantine, leaving my great-grandmother to work and take care of my grandmother alone for years before he was released and came back to New York.
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#HolocaustMemorialDay THREAD:

It is eerie & immensely empowering to be in Vienna on #HMD2019, standing before this moving monument to Austrian Jews murdered in the #Holocaust.

Austria not only gave birth to Hitler, but is birthplace of modern Zionism, as envisaged by Herzl.

74 years after the end of the #Holocaust, Hitler's dream to annihilate the Jewish people has been dashed, while Herzl's dream to establish a Jewish state has been fully realized.

THAT, that is the ultimate victory of the Jewish people! #HolocaustMemorialDay #HMD2019

That not only did we survive, but that from the graveyards of Europe and the depths of despair, we went on to re-establish the Jewish state, in our ancestral homeland, Israel. #HolocaustMemorialDay

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On #HolocaustMemorialDay it's incumbent upon us to remember what was in effect the near-total destruction of the Jewish working class in Europe & its revolutionary tradition, culture & Yiddish language. A culmination of capitalist European nationalism & intensifying antisemitism.
many of the logics & material relations that produced this unthinkable trauma & catastrophe are still with us in the banal violence of borders, the callous & normalised racist discourse & the violence of both state/police racism and popular racism, isolated or organised.
it is essential people don't petrify the Shoah in stone, a moralistic & meaningless liberal isolation that obscures how colonialism structures our world, part of a longer history of "race" in the age of capitalism.
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Today is #HolocaustMemorialDay. I had the privilege of making a film with three survivors of different genocides on the common features which lead to them. We said ‘never again’ but to no avail
You can watch the full 5-minute version here #HolocaustMemorialDay - please follow @rights_info as we all need to stand up for human rights
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I'm in Zurich today giving a lecture on human rights and Holocaust restitution. Not a subject I have spent loads of time on before and it's really fascinating. A great example of the difficulties when idealistic principles like "right to an effective remedy" hit cold reality
Really enjoyed researching and giving this lecture. Such a complex and difficult tale, with all the drama and imperfections of human political history. Here are few of my slides #HolocaustMemorialDay
Thank you to Jom Ijun for inviting me and @jrwagz, who gave a brilliant though very different talk on the ‘Jewish American princess’ and social responsibility in film
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Like many #SovietJews there's no #FirstSurvivor in our fam, bc #Holocaust unfolded mostly via mass shootings, aka 'Holocaust by bullets'. Most #RussianJews who survived war were in RedArmy or evacuated to various 'stans. But that's diff commemorative day. #HolocaustMemorialDay
TBH, I always felt disconnected from #FirstSurvivor stories b/c it didn't feel mine, didn't fit w/what I heard at home (like ALL of #SovietJewishhistory). I couldn't understand why what I learned at school abt #Holocaust didn't apply to my family. #HolocaustMemorialDay
I know now it did but hadn't been included in mainstream #JewishEducation. In fact, 2.5 million Jews were killed by Einsatzgruppen on Soviet territories. We had almost no survivors. But every former #shtetl, esp in Ukraine, is now ringed by mass graves. #HolocaustMemorialDay
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1. #WeRemember

These are my Opa and Oma Betje Akker and Emmanuel van der Velde murdered in Sobibor extermination camp July 2 1943.

2. #WeRemember
It is my duty to remember. This is the last picture of my family in Apeldoorn, Netherlands before they were terrorized by Nazis, went into hiding, murdered in concentration camps or enslaved in labor camps My father is the boy in the center. #HolocaustMemorialDay
3. #WeRemember
My Opa & Oma Heiman van der Velde & Rebecca van der Kaars were Holocaust survivors. The Nazis stole their home & business but they managed to bury their car in the hopes that if they survived, with a car, they could start a business. #HolocaustMemorialDay
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A few days before #HolocaustMemorialDay let us remember that in the build up to the #Holocaust, many Jewish people were frantically trying to escape Hitler's grasp.
One famous example is the SS St. Louis, a ship that carried 937 people out of Europe - but this proved too many - as nation after nation denied them entry. Most were returned to Europe, and tragically, many of those perished in the Holocaust.
Everyone knew the Jews were scrambling and nobody wanted them. The British often spoke of it - In 1938 Colonel Wedgwood told the UK Parliament to 'throw open the doors' of Palestine before the Jews 'were killed'.…
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THREAD 1. Since posting about #HolocaustMemorialDay , encouraging us to remember where hatred leads - #Srebrenica + #Holocaust genocides for example + standing up against #antisemitism #homophobia #Islamophobia #racism etc, I have been trolled
2. Who are these trolls? They are sick, narrow minded bigots of the Muslim faith (+ one Islamophobe). What have they been saying? Well I've been called: shabbos, House Muslim, House Arab, sellout, Zionist, shill for Israel + accused of attacking the right to free speech
3. Free speech and antisemitic speech are two different things. I reported this bigot because he is a bigot and Twitter clearly agreed with me. Free speech is not the right to promote hatred. I did call someone a nutjob I admit and got told I was demonising others
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