Ban Trump from Twitter, Anne Frank Center says


This video from the USA says about itself:

Anne Frank Center: Trump‘s Personal Twitter Account Amplifies Hate and Should Be Suspended

18 August 2017

President Donald Trump continues to face outrage over his response to last weekend’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where racism and anti-Semitism were on clear display. We speak with Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, which is calling on Twitter to suspend Trump’s personal account, after branding him an accomplice to domestic terrorism.

Transcript here.

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Anne Frank’s stepsister’s lecture on Holocaust and xenophobia


This video from the USA says about itself:

Jewish Survivor Eva Schloss Testimony Part 1

4 April 2012

You are watching Eva Schloss, a Jewish Survivor from the Holocaust. To learn more about Eva and explore the stories of other Holocaust survivors and witnesses, visit http://vhaonline.usc.edu.

These videos are brought to you by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, which was founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994. The Institute has video testimonies of 52,000 Holocaust survivors, witnesses, liberators, and others. Each individual’s video testimony was indexed with the specific terms, names, places, and dates applied to noted in each minute of video.

This video is the sequel.

From De Balie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

‘I blame the world for the Holocaust. I blame the world for the refugee crisis.’

Eva Schloss

The 18th Freedom Lecture will be by the 88-year-old Eva Schloss. In 1938, Eva’s family emigrated to Amsterdam, after the annexation of Austria by the Nazis. In Amsterdam, Eva meets Anne Frank, who happens to live on the other side of the street. In 1944, before their deportation to Auschwitz, Eva and her family are imprisoned in a detention center located on the Max Euweplein. Next to the former district court, now known as De Balie. Eva Schloss survives Auschwitz, and did not speak about the horrors she experienced for forty years. After the war, Eva’s mother married Otto Frank, Anne Frank‘s father. So Anne Frank is Eva’s step sister. Eva Schloss lectures almost every day, in that she relates her own history to current events, and speaks out against racism and xenophobia in the Western world.

In June, Eva will return to De Balie, to reflect in this emotionally loaded place on her life and current events during her Freedom Lecture.

After the lecture, we will have a conversation with author, columnist and trainer Babah Tarawally and architect Arna Mackic about the ways in which their personal refugee story recurs in their work. How do they relate to the past, and in which ways do they feel a certain responsibility to speak out publicly against issues such as racism and xenophobia? And what are the differences between the situation for refugees then and now?

Actress and film maker Martha van der Bly currently works on a documentary about the impressive story of the life of Eva Schloss, Eva’s Mission, and will give an introduction.

The evening will end with the performance ‘One in a Million’ by the Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh, who became famous after the documentary about his life, ‘Dance or Die’. In the performance, Ahmad shows that freedom is not self-evident for so many people around the world. With ‘One in a Million, Ahmad does not only tell us his own personal story, but the story of millions of people. The performance is accompanied by music of the German composer Max Richter.

About Eva Schloss

Eva Schloss has regularly spoken about the Holocaust at educational institutions since 1985. For her dedication to this work, Northumbria University awarded her an honorary doctorate in Civil Law. Also, she has become a Trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust in the UK. The positive as well as the negative influence that the story of Anne Frank has had on Eva’s live, is described in Eva’s autobiography After Auschwitz (2014).

This programme is a cooperation between De Balie and Martha van der Bly. Please find more information on the film Eva’s Mission here.

Language: English

United States Anne Frank Center against Donald Trump


This video says about itself:

Anne Frank (The Whole Story)

26 May 2014

A German-Jewish teen hides with her family and others in the attic of an Amsterdam office building during the Holocaust.

By Jessica Schulberg in the USA:

04/16/2017 07:00 pm ET

Here’s Why A Nonprofit Named For Anne Frank Keeps Attacking Trump

How the previously obscure Anne Frank Center became one of the most scathing critics of the new administration.

WASHINGTON ― Before this year, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect rarely made headlines. On the rare occasions the group, named for the young Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust, appeared in the news, it was never tied to controversy. “Diary of Anne Frank brought to life through music,” one story that mentioned [the] center reported last year.

But in the months since President Donald Trump took office, the New York-based nonprofit has catapulted to national prominence with a series of aggressive attacks on the new chief executive and his policies. Unlike other advocacy organizations, which take hours to craft carefully worded statements that usually land in reporters’ inboxes after their stories are already published, the Anne Frank Center’s executive director, Steven Goldstein, posts his unfiltered responses directly to Facebook.

Under Goldstein’s watch, the center has become one of the most outspoken critics of the Trump administration. His sharp-tongued approach has earned his group citations in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, The Huffington Post and others.

The group, which was founded by Anne’s father, Otto Frank, has also been the subject of several stories in Breitbart, the far-right news outlet closely aligned with the Trump administration. …

Goldstein, who took over as the center’s executive director last year, dismisses this type of criticism. He knows his style is provocative, but he says that’s intentional ― and that, in some ways, it’s similar to how Trump reaches his own audience. The president’s way of communicating “clearly touches a chord with the people of this country,” said Goldstein, who disagrees with Trump on nearly every issue.

Goldstein’s goal “is to speak with equal directness, but add compassion and justice and morality to it,” he said.

The Anne Frank Center was founded in 1959 with the goal of creating a “world based on equal rights and mutual respect.” In the decades before Goldstein took over the organization, it existed primarily as an educational exhibition, teaching visitors about Frank’s life and the dangers of discrimination.

Goldstein had never even heard of the group when its board of directors asked him last year if he was interested in taking over as executive director. That wasn’t a good sign, he thought. “I’m a social justice activist, I’m a Jewish activist, I’m a native New Yorker, so for me to not to have heard of an Anne Frank organization means the organization must have had an extraordinarily low profile,” he said.

Keeping a low profile is not Goldstein’s style. … In 2004, he founded Garden State Equality, the New Jersey-based marriage-equality group that went on to successfully sue for expanded rights for same-sex couples. His character was featured in a movie about a terminally ill police officer’s fight to secure death benefits for her same-sex partner.

“I am not your leader if you want to continue this as an obscure little museum that gets six visitors a day,” he says he told the board during the interview process.

He expected the group to move on to a different candidate, but evidently, the board was also looking for change. In June of 2016, the center hired Goldstein and renamed itself the Anne Frank Center For Mutual Respect, a name that reflected its plans to broaden its focus to all forms of discrimination.

There’s no doubt that Goldstein has succeeded in raising the center’s profile. …

When Trump proclaimed in February that he was the “least-anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen,” Goldstein shot back with a rebuke almost as hyperbolic as Trump’s own statement. “Mr. President, that’s an alternative fact on a psychedelic acid trip,” he wrote on Facebook. “Have you been adding magic mushrooms to your chopped liver on matzo?”

When White House press secretary Sean Spicer erroneously claimed that Adolf Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons against his own people, Goldstein called on Trump to fire his spokesman. “Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death,” Goldstein wrote. (After issuing several clarifications, Spicer eventually apologized.)

Asked if he believed Spicer was a really a denier of the Holocaust or just a clumsy public speaker, Goldstein said he stood by his initial statement. Spicer’s “astonishing remarks can be attributed to either ignorance, incompetence, prejudice or some combination of the three,” Goldstein said. “In any event, he should not be press spokesperson for the President of the United States.”

… Goldstein says “nothing could be farther from the truth” in response to accusations that he’s taken the Anne Frank Center in a partisan direction. The center goes out of its way to point out that it was Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt who denied Anne Frank entry to the U.S., and has defended members of the Trump family when they were unfairly attacked, Goldstein noted.

One example: “WE CONDEMN BOTH THE EVIL POLICIES OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE SEXISM AIMED AT MELANIA TRUMP,” the Center wrote on Facebook in February.

Goldstein argues that his goal of combating all forms of hate and prejudice is very much in line with the legacy of the Frank family. Anne Frank’s diary is the “ultimate social justice manual,” he said. He wants the organization to “reclaim” those values ― and he believes that his style is more effective than other organizations that speak in what he calls “bureaucratic mumbo jumbo.”

When groups say they are “dismayed” or “concerned,” it doesn’t affect people emotionally, he argues. “Real humans don’t speak like that, so I’m not going to speak like that.”

It’s impossible to know how Anne Frank or her family would have felt about Goldstein’s strategy. But Pieter Kohnstam, whom Anne babysat when he was a child in Amsterdam before she and her family went into hiding, says he approves of what Goldstein is doing.

When Kohnstam, a Holocaust survivor, heard Spicer allege that Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons against his people, he jumped out of his seat in horror. A half hour later, he said, he saw Goldstein on television and was relieved to see him correcting the record.

Goldstein “has brought some life into this entire organization,” said Kohnstam, who has been affiliated with the Anne Frank Center since before Goldstein took over. “As you can imagine, people are going to be for and against it. It’s like a synagogue. If you get five people to agree on something in a synagogue, that is phenomenal,” he said.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Keeps Getting Anti-Semitism Questions, Keeps Giving Horrible Answers

16 February 2017

Trump was asked about anti-semitism for the second day in a row. His answer was nonsense. Again. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

“Mr. Trump’s abominable answer to the anti-Semitism question on Wednesday drew considerable criticism in the Israeli press and elsewhere, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise when a different reporter reprised it at another news conference on Thursday.

Mr. Trump ordered the reporter to sit down before the question was even finished. “No. 1: I’m the least anti-Semitic person you have ever seen in your entire life,” Mr. Trump insisted and “No. 2: Racism. The least racist person.”

Mr. Trump derided the question as “very insulting.” Then he played his ace card by invoking Mr. Netanyahu, who one day earlier awarded Mr. Trump his personal imprimatur and political cover by declaring “there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state” than the new American president.”

Read more here.

Anne Frank unwelcome at Croatian far-right school


This 2015 video is called THE SHORT LIFE OF ANNE FRANK – Discovery History Biography War (full documentary).

From AFP news agency:

24 January 2017 – 17H59

Anger at Croatian school’s snub of Anne Frank exhibit

ZAGREB – A Croatian school came under fire Tuesday for refusing to display an exhibition on Jewish diarist Anne Frank because it included panels on crimes committed by the country’s World War II pro-Nazi regime.

The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre called for the school’s head to be dismissed, saying otherwise it signalled that pro-Nazi nostalgia was “perfectly legitimate” in modern-day Croatia.

The exhibition, prepared by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, was due to be displayed at a high school in the coastal town of Sibenik from Tuesday last week.

But the organisers withdrew the same day after the school’s director Josip Belamaric refused to allow six panels explaining the role of Croatia’s wartime Ustasha regime, saying the pro-Nazis were presented as “criminals” while their rival communists’ crimes were ignored.

The Ustasha persecuted and killed hundreds of thousands of Jews, Serbs, Roma and anti-fascist Croatians.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, based in Los Angeles, has written to Croatia’s charge d’affaires in Tel Aviv in protest at Belamaric’s behaviour and seeking his immediate dismissal.

“A failure to do so will indicate that Ustasha nostalgia is perfectly legitimate in today’s Croatian school system,” wrote the head of the centre’s Israeli office, Efraim Zuroff.

The exhibition, due to be displayed until mid-February, had previously been presented in 23 Croatian towns without any problem, the organisers said.

Frank wrote “The Diary of a Young Girl” while hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic from June 1942 to August 1944. More than 30 million copies have been sold in 67 languages.

Frank died in Germany’s Bergen-Belsen concentration camp early in 1945, aged 15, less than a year after the Nazis found her and her family members.

Croatia’s conservative Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who came to power after a snap election in October, has pledged to move away from extremism.

The previous centre-right government was accused by critics of turning a blind eye to a far-right surge in the country, including nostalgia for a pro-Nazi past.

Croatian Jews are planning to boycott an official ceremony on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday, accusing authorities of downplaying the Ustasha crimes.

After just four months in office, tensions inside the Croatian government coalition are mounting. Although the conservative Democratic Union (HDZ) and the right-wing liberal Most (Bridges) party are agreed on a right-wing programme, the government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković is in deep crisis: here.

Anne Frank’s diary, new film


This German video is the trailer of the new film The Diary of Anne Frank by Hans Steinbichler.

By Bernd Reinhardt in Germany:

66th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4:

Flight and persecution—yesterday and today (The Diary of Anne Frank and Meteorstraße)

14 March 2016

This is the fourth and final article on the recent 66th Berlin International Film Festival

“Only a few subjects in the world are known globally. Anne Frank is someone who one can speak to a Muslim about, and they know who you are talking about. Or people from Africa, they also know Anne Frank,” observed director Hans Steinbichler about his new and valuable film version of Anne Frank’s diary.

Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl appeared for the first time in German in 1950 (and in English in 1952) and has moved generations ever since. It has been translated into more than 60 languages.

Little more than 70 years after the death of the refugee Jewish girl—arrested in the Netherlands after escaping the Nazi threat in her native Germany—at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, millions of people are now fleeing from war and the lack of hope for the future around the world.

Refugees stranded in Germany with no perspective is the subject of a second memorable film, Meteorstraße by Aline Fischer.

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the best known and moving testimonies of life under Nazi rule in Europe. Together with her parents Otto Frank (Ulrich Noethen) and Edith (Martina Gedeck), and sister Margot (Stella Kunkat), Anne (Lea van Acken) flees from Frankfurt in 1933 to the Netherlands to escape the Hitler regime. No longer safe in Amsterdam, the Jewish family conceal themselves in 1942 in the back rooms of an unused part of Otto Frank’s business.

Two families and a Jewish dentist from Berlin, a total of eight people, live in 50 square metres for two years until their hideout is betrayed and discovered in August 1944. Only Anne’s father Otto survived the concentration camp and ensured the publication of the diary.

The material has been adapted for the theatre and filmed numerous times. The George Stevens’ film with Millie Perkins (1959), based on a play, is one of the most prominent. There is also an opera based on Anne’s story.

Hans Steinbichler’s moving new version focuses directly on the ever-present lack of space: darkened windows, hardly any private sphere, rarely any relaxation. There is always the fear that workers in the floors below will hear something. Only during their dinner break, at nights and weekends is it possible to move freely and speak normally. Even the use of the toilet is strictly regulated due to the sound of flushing. The only contact with the outside is via a radio and with close collaborators, who at extreme risk procure the daily necessities of life for the hidden families. The atmosphere becomes increasingly tense as time passes, arguments break out over trivialities and the group become less careful.

Lea van Acken is very convincing as Anne Frank, an adolescent girl for whom any kind of confinement is insufferable. She resists regulations, and is also firmly against any intellectual restraints. Her entire being is directed towards life, to the future. She is contemptuous of her mother due to her patience and Petronella van Daan (Margarita Broich) for her narrow-mindedness. Anne stubbornly defends her writing as it becomes clear to her that her diaries are more than just a pastime. The actress’ sensitive portrayal focuses on the fragile, uncertain and unforgiving in Anne. It is precisely her contradictions that reveal her potential. The ending is thus even more brutal, when Anne peers at the camera with a shaved head.

The film makes clear that people who were in all respects no different from other Germans were turned into the hunted and into victims by the obligation of wearing a yellow star on their clothing. Only such a star on clothes left on a beach incites a group of young Dutch Nazis to force a girl swimming in the sea to leave.

Jewish traditions play a very subordinate role in the Frank family. At birthdays, the popular German song “Many best wishes and blessings” is sung. Anne goes to a Montessori school until the Nazis ban it. Otto fought as a German patriot in the First World War. When it emerges during their arrest that the man standing before the SS soldier is a former German officer who fought for his “fatherland,” the soldier is somewhat confused, and even shows a certain respect.

In a morbid way, the arrest initially appears for a short moment to be somewhat liberating, from the unbearable and inhumane situation. One of the Nazis cannot believe the family lived concealed for two years. Bathed in sunlight, they emerge onto the street for the first time after this long period, only shortly afterwards to climb into a darkened truck to be deported.

The contemporary significance of the film is obvious and also intentional. Walid Nakschbandi, one of the producers, was born in Afghanistan. In the early 1980s, his parents sent him and his siblings to Germany for a better future. A German teacher recommended Anne Frank’s diary to the 14-year-old Walid to help improve his German language skills. Prior to this film, he helped produce the television series My Daughter Anne Frank (directed by Raymond Ley, 2015) about Otto Frank.

This January, on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day, Eva Schloss, the step-sister of Anne Frank who lives in London, publicly compared the situation facing Syrian refugees with her own during the Nazi era. The Auschwitz survivor declared that she was shocked that so many countries were closing their borders. “Fewer people would have died in the Holocaust if the world had accepted more Jewish refugees.” Eva Schloss stated that Anne Frank and her family would probably not have died if the United States had approved Otto Frank’s desperate application in 1940.

This fact is hardly known and not referred to in the film. It also emerged only a few years ago that the Gestapo officer Karl Josef Silberbauer, who arrested the Frank family, was able to continue to work in his area of expertise after the war. Now under a “democratic” flag. He worked for the notorious Gehlen organisation (named after Wehrmacht general Reinhard Gehlen, one of the leading figures in German intelligence during World War II), the West German spy agency set up by the CIA in 1946 to spy on the USSR and Eastern Europe. The Gehlen organisation employed many former Nazis, including several implicated in war crimes. Silberbauer later worked directly for the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence service.

Hardly anyone was held accountable for the Frank arrests and deaths. An investigation into Silberbauer was halted in 1964 because the SS man had acted under orders. He died in Vienna in 1972 without ever having been convicted. According to Enttarnt by Peter-Ferdinand Koch, Silberbauer’s boss in Amsterdam, only known as Wilhelm H., continued working for the BND after the war. Later, the jurist became a senior government official in the Bavarian ministry of the interior.

‘Donald Trump Hitler-like’, Anne Frank’s step-sister says


This video from the USA says about itself:

Eva Schloss, step-sister of Anne Frank tells her story in Northridge, California.

On January 23 2013 Eva Schloss, step-sister of Anne Frank was invited by the Chabad group at California State University Northridge to tell her story of survival in the early years of occupation in Amsterdam and how the Diary of Anne Frank came to be published. This one time event was presented to “filled to capacity” auditorium of both young and old. A rare event for those who would rather learn from history, then repeat it.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Anne Frank‘s step-sister says Donald Trump is ‘acting like Hitler’

A win for the Republican frontrunner in the presidential elections would be a ‘complete disaster’, Eva Schloss says

Charlotte Beale

3 hours ago

Anne Frank’s step-sister has said Donald Trump is “acting like another Hitler by inciting racism”.

Eva Schloss – whose mother married the father of the German born diarist who became one of the most well known Jewish victims of the Nazi regime – spoke out about the would-be Republican presidential candidate in an interview to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

“If Donald Trump became the next president of the US it would be a complete disaster,” Ms Schloss told Newsweek.

Criticising the current British, American and Canadian refugee policies, Ms Schloss said: “Fewer people would have died in the Holocaust if the world had accepted more Jewish refugees.”

It is “even harder for today’s Syrian refugees,” Ms Schloss said, because they have “a very different culture”.

As “assimilated” European Jews, Schloss’ family was still “treated as if we had come from the moon” when they arrived in the Netherlands in 1938, she said.

“I was shocked that I wasn’t accepted like an ordinary person,” she said.

Her family fled Austria in 1938 after it was annexed by Nazi Germany, settling in Amsterdam where they knew the Franks.

Both families went into hiding in 1942, but were betrayed and taken to concentration camps two years later. While Ms Schloss was liberated from Auschwitz in 1945, Anne Frank died of typhoid weeks before her camp, Bergen-Belsen, was reached by Allied troops.

Anne Frank’s father, Otto, married Ms Schloss’ mother, Fritzi, after the war. …

Anne Frank and her family would have lived, Ms Schloss suggested, had the US accepted Otto Frank’s visa applications in 1940.

“He tried everything to save his family from the Holocaust…but his request was rejected,” she said.

“America didn’t want to take any more refugees.

“The situation today is worse than it was under Hitler because at that time all the Allies – the US, Russia and Britain – worked together to combat the terrible threat of Nazism. If we don’t work together, the world will never be able to resolve the threats it faces today.”

‘Don’t Stand By’ is the theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, but “more people than ever are being bystanders”, said Ms Schloss.

“We haven’t really learnt anything—I’m depressed by the current situation.”

She is not the first to compare Donald Trump to Hitler.

Following the presidential nominee’s December call for a ban on Muslims entering the US, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter accused Mr Trump of taking “a page from the play book of Hitler”, saying his comments “engender a level of fear mongering that we have not seen literally since the 1930s and 1940s”.

Former New Jersey Republican Governor Christine Todd Whitman also told CNN that Mr Trump‘s remarks were “the kind of rhetoric that allowed Hitler to move forward.”

“You have people who were scared the economy was bad – they want someone to blame,” she said.

The Philadelphia Daily News responded to Mr Trump‘s call for a ban with a cover that punned on Führer, the German word for ‘leader’ and Hitler’s title.

Philadelphia Daily News front page on Donald Trump

In November, fellow presidential nominee Jeb Bush’s advisor Max Boot also called Mr Trump “a fascist” on Twitter.

From CNN:

“I remember how upset the world was when the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961,” Schloss said. “And now everybody is building walls again to keep people out. It’s absurd.”

Donald Trump is not only infamous for attacking, eg, Muslims and African Americans. He also wants to deport Mexicans and Mexican Americans, whom he smeared as ‘rapists’. Ironically, about a hundred years ago, Jews who had to deal with anti-Semitism in Europe, jokingly called themselves ‘Mexicaner’ (Mexicans); derived from Yiddish language ‘’s meg sie kaner‘, nobody likes them.

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