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February 13, 2018

When I was a child in Missouri, my next door nighbor was an African man

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 3:17 pm

Update: Read this recent article to learn more about the Africans who were brought to American and sold as slaves: https://www.splcenter.org/tt-landing-nation

The article, cited above, does not mention that the Africans who were brought to America were already slaves.  This fact is not known today.

Continue reading my original article.

Note that I did not write that my neighbor was an African-American man. No, he had been brought to America straight from Africa. He had been born a slave in Africa. His skin was actually black, not brown.

He lived in a house that was next door to my house, although we each had a garden in the space between our houses.

This man’s wife was nearly white. She could have passed for white if she had used some cream rinse on her hair. When I was a child, she worked in our house as a maid. She told us about the background of her husband. One thing that she didn’t tell us is that her African husband could speak perfect English which he had learned when he was a slave.

Both of our houses were very close to the railroad tracks that ran past our property. When a freight train would go by, there would be pieces of coal that fell off the train. I would run outside with a bucket and pick up the pieces of coal. My black nieghbor also ran out to pick up the coal, but when he saw me, he would run away.

I would take some coal from my bucket and put it on the ground near him. Then I would say “for you.” He would approach very slowly and pick up a piece of coal; then he would run away.

I would sometimes walk past his house, on my way to visit my friends. When he would see me coming, he would run inside.

I talked to his wife and asked her why he was afraid. She said that he had been treated very badly by white people when he was a slave in Africa. I told her to tell him that no one would treat him badly now — this man was 6 foot 6, and very muscular.

After that, the next time that I walked past his house, I spoke to him and said “May I join you, and sit with you on your porch?” He appeared to be shocked and scared to death, but he motioned to me to come up on the porch and sit beside him.

After that, I sat with him many times, and then one day, I asked him if he would go for a walk with me. We walked down the main street of the town where we lived. I held his hand and tried to reassure him.

We started walking together down the main street of our town, and then one day, I took him to see the town jail, which was a small brick building. I told him that this was where white people would be locked up if they hurt him. He was completely shocked. He had no idea that white people would be punished for hurting a black man.

Long story short: he eventually got to the point that he would walk through the town by himself and greet the people that he met.

One important point here is that the black people who were brought here by slave traders were already slaves in Africa. The free Africans brought the slaves down to the ships and sold them to the slave traders.

I am now 85 years old — this was way back in the dim past.

 

The youngest Shindler’s List survivor is still telling her story

Filed under: Auschwitz, Germany, Holocaust — furtherglory @ 1:00 pm

You can read about the youngest Schindler’s List survivor in this recent news article:

https://www.jta.org/2018/02/06/news-opinion/world/the-youngest-schindlers-list-survivor-is-still-telling-her-story

The following quote is from the news article:

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[Eva] Lavi is the youngest survivor to have been on Schindler’s list, the Jews saved by German industrialist Oskar Schindler and immortalized in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film. Lavi was put in a ghetto in Poland with her family immediately after the Nazi takeover, transferred to a labor camp and then to Auschwitz.

After being saved by Schindler, who sheltered hundreds of Jews who worked in his kitchen goods and armament factories, Lavi lived a quiet life in Israel. She served in the army, lived on a kibbutz, worked as an administrative assistant and raised a family. She remembers the early years in Israel when survivors were disparaged as weak and passive. But as interest in the Holocaust increased, she became more vocal in recounting her experience. Now she speaks to groups at Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust authority, and travels to Poland every year with a group of high school students.

“It’s true testimony from someone who was there. It’s not a story,” she told JTA in a separate interview last week, adding that once Israelis became interested in the Holocaust, “the survivors opened their mouths and began to tell the story. It’s not just a story. It’s the worst and cruelest thing that happened in the world.”

Although Lavi now regularly returns to Auschwitz, she says the experience still isn’t easy. Each time, she finds herself looking around in horror and crying. But by now she’s used to it.

“Every time I go, I cry here and there because it’s a terrible thing,” she told JTA. “Every person that went there saw the ovens, the gas chambers. Everything was real. It’s very scary, but because I’ve gone so many times, I take it differently. I don’t think about myself. I think about how the kids are reacting.”

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The following information about Treblinka is from my scrapbookpages.com website:

Treblinka was second only to Auschwitz in the number of Jews who were allegedly killed by the Nazis. Between 700,000 and 900,000, compared to an estimated 1.1 million to 1.5 million at Auschwitz.

The Treblinka death camp was located 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Warsaw, near the railroad junction at the village of Malkinia Górna, which is 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from the train station in the tiny village of Treblinka.

Raul Hilberg stated in his three-volume book, “The Destruction of the European Jews,” that there were six Nazi extermination centers, including Treblinka. The other extermination camps were at Belzec, Sobibor, Chelmno, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau, all of which are located in what is now Poland. The last two also functioned as forced labor camps (Zwangsarbeitslager), and were still operational shortly before being liberated by the Soviet Union towards the end of the war in 1944 and early 1945.

The camps at Treblinka, Belzec, Sobibor and Chelmno had already been liquidated by the Germans before the Soviet soldiers arrived, and there was no remaining evidence of the extermination of millions of Jews. The combined total of the deaths at Treblinka, Belzec and Sobibor was 1.5 million, according to Raul Hilberg.

In June 1941, a forced labor camp for Jews and Polish political prisoners was set up near a gravel pit, a mile from where the Treblinka death camp would later be located. The labor camp became known as Treblinka I and the death camp, which opened in July 1942, was called Treblinka II or T-II.