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"Back in 1942, on June 10 Nazis had killed nearly all the residents in Lidice village. It was done as a reprisal for the assassination of Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich, the Reichsprotektor of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The village was completely destroyed, men were killed, the women and children were separated and sent to concentration camps. That summer was the last one for them."
"After the assassination of Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich, (the Reichsprotektor of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia), Hitler immediately ordered mass killings in Czechoslovakia to avenge his death. He also wanted severe punishments to be carried out against any village that had harbored the assassins. To the residents of the villages, the following was bound to happen: all of the adult men would get killed, women – taken to concentration camps, the children who looked Aryan would be “Germanized” and the remaining ones – killed. Nazis specifically targeted Lidice because one local family had a son in the Czech army in England."
The bronze sculpture by Marie Uchytilova in Lidice, Czech Republic commemorates the children who were killed by Nazis in the summer of 1942. It honors a group of 82 children – 42 girls and 40 boys – all of whom were gassed at Chełmno. The Polish town housed an extermination camp built by Nazis during World War II. In fact, it was the first German extermination camp set up specifically to carry out ethnic cleansing through mass killings.
In May 1939, the German liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, to Havana, Cuba, carrying 937 passengers, almost all Jewish refugees. The Cuban government refused to allow the ship to land, and the United States and Canada were unwilling to admit the passengers. The St. Louis passengers were finally permitted to land in western European countries rather than return to Nazi Germany. 254 St. Louis passengers were killed in the Holocaust.
[Imagem "Polish-born Holocaust survivor Meyer Hack shows his prisoner number tattooed on his arm during a news conference at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem June 15, 2009", Reuters]
"Quatro dos cinco vice-presidentes da JSD criticaram esta terça-feira o facto dos apoiantes de Rui Rio irem apresentar um requerimento para que a votação seja de braço no ar e compararam-o às braçadeiras que os nazis obrigaram os judeus a usar."
"A personal story: My grandfather fought in WWII. He never spoke about it, so we didnt know much about his time in the service, but based on the patches on his uniform, we think he did something in intel."
"The next part takes place two years ago. He died, and I'm cleaning out his house with my mom and sister. We find a photo album. When I open it, I feel like it might burn a hole in my hands."
"The first few pages have pictures of Jewish homes being ransacked; people are in robes and pajamas. Several are bleeding."
"Here, some jolly Nazis stealing Jewish holy books, later to be burned."
"Now we move on to the stores:"
"The next section is like a gut-punch. They enter a synagogue, overturn everything. You can see prayer shawls strewn everywhere."
"Then they get to the holy ark, and pry it open to steal the silver and burn the Torah. At this point I feel tears welling up in my eyes."
"Then they pour accelerant, and set the whole thing ablaze. I had never before seen pictures of a shul on fire from the inside."
"At this point, I take out some of the pictures and turn them over. This is what I find: November 10, 1938. Nuremburg. A shiver goes through me. When I google the names, I find they were Nazi photojournalists."
"These are behind-the-scenes pics of happy Nazis on a rampage, presumably on Kristallnacht. What they were doing was COMPLETELY LEGAL."