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A thread as #YomHashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day - begins.

I'm the granddaughter of survivors. My grandmother grew up in Poland, the youngest of 6 sisters.

Her whole family was killed by the Nazis. She hid under a porch as they slaughtered her sisters. (1/10)
After the war, my grandparents — who had previously known each other through a friend — reconnected, got married, and came to America.

They were proud Jews. They raised another proud Jew. And she raised this one.

It was safe here. (2/10)
Growing up, anti-Semitism was a far off concept that could never gain real traction here.

I brought my grandmother to school to share her story as history, not a cautionary tale.

My biggest concern at synagogue each Saturday was whether they’d hand out candy at the end. (3/10)
But that’s changed.

Now, congregants worry if the next person who walks through the door is there to shoot them.

Kids must go through security on the way into Hebrew school.

Nazis march on our streets with swastikas and guns, and kill and injure peaceful protesters. (4/10)
This cannot be who we are. This is not the country my grandparents fled to in the aftermath of the war. (5/10)
Anti-Semitic incidents are up 99% from 2015 to 2018, per the ADL.

And with each new extremist attack, we see how central anti-Semitism is to the vile white nationalism that also targets black, Muslim, Sikh, Latinx, LGBTQ, and other minorities. (6/10)
It’s exacerbated by a federal government that’s actively cutting the programs meant to deal with these threats; officials whose dog whistles embolden these Nazis; and online platforms that allow violent hate to thrive under the guise of free speech. (7/10)
This is where we’re at in 2019. But make no mistake, there are many willing to do what’s necessary to fight back.

Because we can beat this. We have to. (8/10)
There are more of us than there are of them. But as the Times said this morning, “History teaches that the rise of extremism requires the acquiescence of broader society... It’s not enough to refrain from empowering it. It is necessary to stand in opposition.” (9/10)
So if we have to fight Nazis in 2019, this granddaughter of Holocaust survivors is proud to be a part of the effort.

And I hope you'll stand with us by joining the fight at @IntegrityForUSA as we #SueANazi. (10/10)
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