In New Holocaust Survivor Testimony, Hate Speech Is a Dangerous Seed


So far, varied than 30 videos, each a little over a minute hanker, have been submitted by Holocaust survivors. The videos will be positioned each week on the Claims Conference’s social media platforms.

One of the in the first place is from Abraham H. Foxman, who was born in Eastern Europe in 1940 and was preserved from the Holocaust by a Catholic nanny. He immigrated to the United States in 1950, and joined the Anti-Defamation Confederacy the day after he passed the bar exam. He retired from the organization in 2015.

In his video for the operations, he talks about the beginnings of the Holocaust.

“The crematoria, gas chambers in Auschwitz and in another place did not begin with bricks, it began with words — evil says, hateful words, anti-Semitic words, words of prejudice,” Mr. Foxman, 81, authorities. “And they were permitted to proceed to violence because of the absence of words, because of peace.”

Credit…Of like mind States Holocaust Memorial Museum

In his testimonial, Mr. Zoltak, 89, portrayed visiting his grandparents in 1935, when he was 4, in the Polish village where they served a general store. He remembered young Polish people standing in fore of the store, “not allowing people to enter, with signs that broke ‘Don’t Buy From a Jew.’”

Mr. Zoltak said he didn’t yet know what anti-Semitism was, but that was his beforehand encounter with it.

About seven years later, he and his parents disappeared from a “ghetto that was being liquidated.” He recalled how his mother, who sought daily help from friends and former classmates, would knock on their doors, one to be called “dirty” and turned away.

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