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International Holocaust Remembrance Day - The Story of Susan Pollack watch

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    Yesterday (27th of January) was International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    Susan Pollack, an Auschwitz Holocaust survivor, has a story to tell:

    She and her family were told they were going to be resettled. The journey took six days and some in the truck died on the way.

    "There was some straw on the floor," she told me. "It was dark, it was cold, it was so hostile. And hardly any space for sitting down. There was a lot of crying, lots of children. And we were trapped. Doors were shut, we knew this was not going to be any resettlement but we had no imagination of course of what was to come."

    The doors opened at Auschwitz.

    There, on the railway platform, Nazi officers separated those chosen to live and work from those sent immediately to die.

    Susan lied about her age. A prisoner on the platform whispered to her that she should say she was 15. It saved her life, but her mother was sent immediately to the gas chamber.

    "There were no hugs, no kisses, no embrace. My mum was just pushed away with the other women and children. The dehumanisation began immediately. I didn't cry, it was as though I'd lost all my emotions."

    Most chillingly, and relevant, Susan had this to say about society:

    "We're not talking about barbarians," says Mrs Pollack. "We're not talking about primitive society.

    "The Germans were well-advanced, educated, progressive. Maybe civilization is just veneer-thin. We all need to be very careful about any hate-propaganda.

    "This is very important. It starts as a small stream, but then it has the potential to erupt - and when it does, it's too late to stop it."
    What was Donald Trump doing yesterday? Signing an executive order to ban refugees from 7 Muslim countries in the Middle East. On the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the POTUS released a statement that made no mention of Jews or anti-Semitism, which remains strife across the globe.

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    The legacy of the St. Louis remains.

    In May 1939, over 900 Jews (mostly German) fled Germany and set sail for Cuba (with plans to ultimately move to the U.S.). Cuba ordered the St Louis to leave its waters, so the ship sought permission to 'land' in Miami.

    The U.S. refused, and sent the St Louis away (see public opinion supporting sending the St Louis away below). The 900+ Jews on the St Louis ultimately ended up dispersed amongst European countries - mainly the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

    All 3 of these countries would later be invaded by the Nazis, and the Jews living in those countries were sent to extermination camps.

    254 of those on the St Louis would die in the Holocaust.

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