Results for - Survivors Of Dangerous Times
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1. Holocaust survivor and retired attorney, Allan Hall, spoke at the University of Virginia Law School a few months ago with a warning and a call to action. Hall was 4 years old when Nazis invaded Poland in 1939. His family spent the following years of World War II running and hiding from German soldiers. "It was just one horror after another," said Hall. His powerful story of survival brought people to tears, but Hall wanted his story to open people's eyes to today's political climate. He says that it only takes a small percentage of radicals to cause the hysteria and tragedy that caused the Nazi invasion, and he fears that the same thing could happen in the U.S. now. Do you fear that this could happen in our countries (U.S. and Canada)?
2. Jewish demonstrators took to the streets across the U.S. last Sunday in a series of coordinated protests against American immigration policy under President Donald Trump. The protests, which called for an end to the detention of migrants and asylum seekers and the separation of families at the Mexico border, took place on Tisha B'Av, the traditional Jewish day of mourning for the destruction of both temples in Jerusalem. "Kids in cages. Communities under threat of deportation. Refugees turned away. Muslims banned. Senseless hatred carried out by government agencies. Humanitarian crises manufactured. People dehumanized. Racism and xenophobia behind it all," T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights said in a statement on its website calling for "vigils and protests outside Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) office nationwide." Many say this feels all too familiar, likening it to the Holocaust. Do you feel there are similarities?
3. Last month, on a day they dubbed the "Catholic Day of Action," hundreds of Catholics gathered outside the Capitol to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies and its treatment of migrants, especially calling for an end to child detention. "We can and must remain a country that provides refuge for children and families fleeing violence, persecution and acute poverty," the Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote in a statement last month. "All people, regardless of their country of origin or legal status, are made in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and respect." Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
4. In 1938, Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Pictures, wrote hundreds of affidavits to help refugees escape Europe because he foresaw that thousands of German and Austrian Jews would be forced to commit suicide if they could not get affidavits to come to America or to some other foreign country. In less than a year, Germany would invade Poland, officially starting World War II. But before September 1939, Nazi Germany's acts of terrorism and suppression toward those who they felt did not "fit in" had already launched a refugee crisis. It could happen again, experts warm. Which of these quotes, written about other times, do you feel speaks just as loudly today?
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. (Albert Einstein)
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest it (Elie Wiesel)
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. (Martin Luther King Jr)
It takes a village to raise a child, and it also takes a village to allow the abuse of one (Unknown)
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out for I was not a socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists and I did not speak out for I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out for I was not a not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me. (Martin Niemöller)
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08/21/2019 Politics 2255 103 By: Harriet56