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Pro-Palestinian man yells, ‘Stick the Holocaust up your ass!’ amid pro-Israel activities in Vienna. The anti-Semitic outburst draws cheers and applause.

In yet another chilling moment of recent broad daylight anti-Semitism, cellphone video caught the moment a pro-Palestinian counter-demonstrator in Vienna, Austria, cupped his hands around his mouth and hollered at pro-Israel activists, “Stick the Holocaust up your ass!”

More disturbing still was the loud cheering and applause that followed the man’s outburst:

What are the details?

A Google translation of a story from the Heute news outlet indicated that opposing factions filled the streets of Vienna all day Saturday, and numerous videos showed a massive police presence.

The outlet said around 5 p.m. a rally “Against all anti-Semitism” took place near an opera house, and it quickly attracted a counterprotest “consisting of Turkish nationalists, young people, and advocates of Palestine.”

Heute said the counterprotest was “obviously intended to disrupt the pro-Israel demonstration,” and it also reported the “grossly anti-Semitic slogan” recorded in the above video along with the “raging applause and cheers” that followed.

A subsequent tweet from Vienna police said they forwarded video to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and that “presumably this person was stopped a short time later…”

Anything else?

Violent anti-Semitism flared up in several major cities across the globe over the weekend, including beatings in Toronto and chants in London that included, “F*** the Jews! F*** their daughters! F*** their mothers! Rape their daughters! We have to send a message!”

And while the man’s anti-Semitic outburst in Vienna didn’t include violence, the huge kudos he received from other counterprotesters seemed equally as chilling due to the lack of pushback and apparent matter-of-fact consensus among the crowd.

According to German news site DW, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called off a Saturday visit to Austria after Israeli flags were raised on government buildings in Vienna.

A spokeswoman for Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said “we will not remain silent while Hamas fires 2,000 rockets at civilian targets in Israel,” the news site reported.

DW added that Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said flying the flag over the federal chancellery on Friday was in solidarity with Israel amid clashes with Hamas.

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87-year-old Holocaust survivor goes viral for heartbreaking NYT op-ed: ‘Holocaust stole my youth. Covid-19 is stealing my last years.’

Toby Levy, a retired accountant, has gone viral for her story of surviving both the Holocaust and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Levy, an 87-year-old New York resident who is also a volunteer docent for the Museum of Jewish Heritage, explained that the Holocaust stole her youth — and now the coronavirus pandemic is stealing her final years.

What are the details?

In a Monday op-ed published in the New York Times, Levy explained that she was relatively active for an 87-year-old woman in New York.

“These days, I’m a little bored,” Levy writes. “The boardwalk is my lifesaver. I’m two blocks from the boardwalk. I can walk to Coney Island if I want to. I go alone. I have some friends here. We used to play canasta once a week. But when Covid arrived, my daughter insisted, ‘You can’t sit in one room!’ So I talk on the phone. I read. The grandkids call in by Zoom. I also do a little bit of Zoom lecturing for the Museum of Jewish Heritage.”

In the op-ed, Levy says that she’s busy keeping herself busy these days, and is “trying not to give up.” It’s becoming harder and harder, however, because she has faced the fact that she has essentially lost a year of her life.

“[T]his bothers me terribly,” Levy admits. “I’m 87 years old, and I lost almost a full year.”

Levy continues, pointing out just how much time she lost as a child in Chodorow, Poland (which is now Khodoriv, Ukraine) amid the height of the Holocaust. She recalled her family going into hiding and relocations to avoid being picked up by Nazis.

“[M]y father built a place to hide in the cellar,” Levy recalls. “My grandfather didn’t want to go. He was shot in the kitchen; we heard it.”

Levy says that she and her family later spent time with a family friend who housed them in a barn on her property.

“My father built a wall inside the barn and a hiding place for nine people, where we slept like herrings,” she recalls. “It was just four feet by five feet. Pigs and chickens were on one side, and we were on the other: my parents, my aunt and uncle, my maternal grandmother, and four children, ages 4, 6, 8, and 12.”

Levy says that even though the family lived and slept among lice and rats, every day outside Nazi capture was a miracle.

“I’m not a regular person. I’m a miracle child. Most of the Jews of Chodorow never returned,” she reveals. “So when the coronavirus came, I thought, ‘I’m a miracle. I will make it. I have to make it.'”

Levy has made it this far and says that she has more hope for the future when compared to how she felt during the war.

“During the war, we didn’t know if we would make a day. I didn’t have any freedom. I couldn’t speak loudly, I couldn’t laugh, I couldn’t cry,” she writes. “But now, I can feel freedom. I stay by the window and look out. The first thing I do in the morning is look out and see the world. I am alive. I have food, I go out, I go for walks, I do some shopping. And I remember: No one wants to kill me. So, still, I read. I cook a little bit. I shop a little bit. I learned the computer. I do puzzles.”

What now?

Levy says that despite having her life, she does still feel like she is missing out on her final years.

“A full year is gone. I lost my childhood, I never had my teenage years. And now, in my old age, this is shortening my life by a year,” she continues. “I don’t have that many years left. The way we have lived this year means I have lost many opportunities to lecture, to tell more people my story, to let them see me and know the Holocaust happened to a real person, who stands in front of them today. It’s important.”

Levy says that though she sometimes feels trapped, she hopes to outlive the pandemic and is making plans for the rest of her life.

“I understand the fear people have, and I understand you have to take care,” she concludes. “But there is no comparison of anxiety, of the coronavirus, to the terror I felt when I was a child. That was a fear with no boundary. This is going to end, and I am already thinking, planning where I am going first, what I will do first, when this ends.”

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SNL’s Pete Davidson mocks demonstrators who supported lockdown-defying Mac’s Public House as Holocaust deniers

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson over the weekend mocked protesters who rallied last week outside Staten Island’s lockdown-defying Mac’s Public House as Holocaust deniers.

What are the details?

During the show’s “Weekend Update” segment, Davidson — a Staten Island native — guested as himself and answered questions from host Colin Jost about the protesters who hit the streets Wednesday night to back the establishment shuttered by lockdown orders banning indoor dining.

The owners of Mac’s Public House decided two weeks ago that their bar would become an “autonomous zone” in an attempt to skirt the coronavirus lockdown orders from far-left New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Tuesday night, law enforcement shut down the business and arrested Danny Presti, the bar’s co-owner, for defying those orders. He was arrested again after midnight Sunday for allegedly hitting a sheriff’s deputy with his car, but Presti insisted he did “nothing wrong.”

As for last week’s demonstration, Davidson told Jost, “I saw the protest. People were outside the bar shouting about freedom, taunting the cops, chanting that they should arrest the governor. But it’s Staten Island, so I assumed that it was just like a typical last call.”

“Are you against these protests?” Jost asked.

“I mean, kind of,” Davidson answered. “But I’m also just happy I’m no longer the first thing people think of when they say, ‘What’s the worst thing about Staten Island?'”

Davidson also quipped that “one guy at the protest even gave a speech where he literally compared not being able to drink indoors to being Jewish during the Holocaust — which must have been awkward for the people there who had to suddenly pretend they believed in the Holocaust.”

Cost then asked, “So I take it that you found these protests frustrating.”

“Yeah, man,” Davidson replied, “they’re makin’ us look like babies … you know it’s bad when even people in Boston are like, ‘Ah, drink at home, you queers!'”

Davidson ended the segment by giving a shout-out regarding Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, whom the mainstream media declared the winner of last month’s election over President Donald Trump: “Biden won! Get over it!”

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Anything else?

Davidson is no stranger to controversy. Earlier this year he said he was forced to apologize for making fun of U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) in 2018 for losing an eye in Afghanistan and said that he regretted the fame the congressman gained from the dust-up.

Crenshaw, not surprisingly, fired right back on a “Fox & Friends” appearance: “I can’t get out of Pete Davidson’s head. He’s been … thinking about me a lot for the past year as he builds this comedy routine apparently. I’m not so sure his jokes always land, but it is what it is.”

And last year Davidson was booed on SNL for comparing the Catholic Church to rapper R. Kelly, who was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse.

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Florida Holocaust museum opens exhibition about George Floyd

A Holocaust museum has opened an exhibition about George Floyd.

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland, Florida, was founded in 1981 with the help of Tess Wise, a Holocaust survivor from Poland. The Holocaust museum officially opened in 1986 and was the “first Holocaust museum in the Southeast.”

Last week, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center opened a new exhibition titled: “Uprooting Prejudice: Faces of Change.” “In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, we felt it was important to bring the meaning of the aftermath to our museum,” the Holocaust Resource and Education Center said.

George Floyd died on May 25 while in police custody, and footage shows ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of Floyd for over eight minutes. In the days after Floyd’s death, photographer John Noltner went to the Minneapolis intersection where Floyd died, and asked people, “What do you want to say?”

The exhibit features “45 black and white photos of individuals depicting their powerful emotions and thoughts in response to racism,” according to the museum’s Facebook page.

“The world is complex. Historical wounds are deep. In all the heated rhetoric of the day, we forget to listen. I hope that through these stories and these faces, you can understand the events of our day in a new way,” Noltner said. “I hope you can challenge some of your own preconceptions and I hope you can see the humanity of each and every person. When I photograph a person—no matter who they are—I strive to leave a simple message: I see you. I hear you. And you matter.”

Maitland Holocaust Center exhibit honors George Floyd, captures reaction to his death

Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests calling for justice, as well as riots across the country that are reported to be the “most expensive in insurance history,” estimated between $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum describes the Holocaust as the “systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jewish men, women and children by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.”

Earlier this month, CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour compared President Donald Trump’s first term to the Nazis’ Kristallnacht on her cable news show. The segment was met with swift backlash; critics called the comparison “despicable” and “disgusting.”

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Holocaust survivor memorial destroyed in California — police investigate possible hate crime

toppled a Holocaust memorial fountain in Santa Rosa, California, last week. Local authorities are now investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

What are the details?

Authorities found the fountain at Santa Rosa Memorial Park — which can be used as a ritual hand-washing station — toppled, broken, and in pieces.

The memorial was erected in 2016 by Daniel Judd in honor of his parents. Judd’s mother was a Holocaust survivor who died earlier that year.

The fountain is mosaic-style and lists 12 people of the Jewish faith who died during the Holocaust.

In a statement, Judd said that he worried the vandalism was due to a hate crime.

“That’s what led up to the Holocaust and genocides,” he explained. “People hating and getting angry. Mom always spoke about forgiveness. It’s sad to see somebody or a group of people would go and tear it down.”

Judd said that it would be a generous gesture if the public banded together to fix the fountain and “make it a place of healing.”

“That was always the message for [my mother],” he added.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported that a crowdfunding page — launched Wednesday — has raised more than $8,900 for repairs at the time of this writing.

The outlet reports that Judd will use any donation overages to “enhance education initiatives.”

“We need to be really spreading the word like my mom did when she was alive,” Judd added. “People need to deal with their anger before it gets out of line and turns into hatred. That was a big part of her talk.”

What else?

This is the second publicized incident in which vandals destroyed a Holocaust memorial over the last week.

A Tennessee memorial was spray-painted with anti-Semitic slurs on June 13.

In a tweet, the Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote, “In last few days, two #Holocaust memorials in US desecrated by vandals in Tennessee and California. We will never allow the 6 million Jews and lessons of the #Shoah to be erased.”

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Former Liz Warren staffers show off tattoos to memorialize campaign — then are forced to apologize after furious backlash

Two former staffers for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) didn’t expect the intense online blowback from proudly showing off their tattoos to commemorate their time on her failed presidential campaign.

Many saw the tattoos as far too similar to the tattoos forced upon Jewish captives by the Nazis during World War II.

Raquel Breternitz and Eric Ziminisky thought it would be clever to get tattoos with lettering of the digital color code for the color used in Warren’s presidential campaign.

Unfortunately, the style reminded many of the horrors of the Nazi regime:

Breternitz and Ziminsky were immediately accosted on social media for the insensitive and unthinking tattoo designs.

“[C]an’t believe warren’s campaign didn’t have a quiz training staffers on how not to get a holocaust tattoo,” said one critic.

“Thank you for holding us accountable”

Eventually both deleted their tweets, apologized and pledged to modify their offensive tattoos.

“Thanks to all who called me on this,” tweeted Breternitz. “I do not want to evoke or make light of the Holocaust.”

“I apologise for missing the mark,” she added. “I am here to listen and will strive to be better at living in solidarity with my Jewish friends. I’m sorry, and I will take steps to modify the tattoo.”

Ziminsky agreed and said he would modify his tattoo as well.

“Hey y’all, I’m sorry as well, and will be making modifications,” Ziminsky tweeted. “Thank you for holding us accountable on our mistakes. I would recommend for folks who are thinking of a similar tattoo, please look for alternatives such as, pinky promise, logo, persist, or DBFH.”

Prior to Warren exiting the Democratic presidential primary race, her campaign was accused of racist attitudes and behavior by six female former staffers.

[H/T: The Daily Dot.]

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DOJ immigration judge orders deportation of former Nazi concentration camp guard

A federal immigration judge has ordered the deportation of a German citizen found to have been a former guard at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

According to a Department of Justice news release issued Tuesday, a U.S. immigration court found that Friedrich Karl Berger was removable from the United States due to his “willing service as an armed guard of prisoners at a concentration camp where persecution took place.”

Over the course of his trial, the immigration court determined that Berger — who is still a German citizen — had served as an armed guard at a Neuengamme sub-camp which was located near Meppen, Germany. The camps, according to the ruling, housed “Jews, Poles, Russians, Danes, Dutch, Latvians, French, Italians,” and political opponents of the Nazi regime.

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the SS established Neuengamme in December 1938; by 1945, it had grown into a camp system with “approximately 80 subcamps at various locations in northern and central Germany.”

The judge’s ruling found that the prisoners who were held there during the winter of 1945 — while Berger was a guard — suffered “atrocious” living conditions and were subjected to forced labor “to the point of exhaustion and death.”

By the end of 1944, “approximately 10,000-12,000 prisoners remained incarcerated in the Neuengamme concentration camp, with another 37,000-39,000 in the subcamps,” the museum’s site says. That winter, according to the museum, “1,700 prisoners died each month” and some 2,500 prisoners died that February alone.

The court also determined that Berger assisted with guarding and transporting prisoners during the Nazis’ evacuation to the Neuengamme main camp during the allied forces’ approach in the spring of 1945 — an ordeal which the Justice Department describes as “a nearly two-week trip under inhumane conditions, which claimed the lives of some 70 prisoners.”

Holt’s decision also cited Berger’s admission that he never asked to be taken off concentration camp duty while working there.

The Justice Department noted that Berger was found to be removable under the terms of the 1978 Holtzman Amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act. The amendment allows for the deportation of any alien who “ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person because of race, religion, national origin, or political opinion” during World War II under the direction of the Nazi regime or in association with it.

“Berger was part of the SS machinery of oppression that kept concentration camp prisoners in atrocious conditions of confinement,” Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division said in a statement. “This ruling shows the Department’s continued commitment to obtaining a measure of justice, however late, for the victims of wartime Nazi persecution.”

According to a news release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the investigation against Berger was initially started by the Justice Department’s Human Rights and Special Prosecution Section and was conducted alongside ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center and HSI’s Nashville Special Agent in Charge office.

The decision comes well over a year after the Trump administration deported another former concentration camp guard, Jakiw Palij, back to Germany in August 2018. He died a few months later.