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June 12, 2017

Holocaust survivor is comparing Trump’s mass deportation to the arrests of Jewish people by the Nazis

Filed under: Germany, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 5:01 pm

The following quote is from a news article which you can read at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/12/1671099/–It-s-tearing-families-apart-Watch-Holocaust-survivor-s-testimony-condemning-ICE-arrests

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Holocaust survivor testifies

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A Holocaust survivor and U.S. military veteran testified against anti-immigrant bills pending in the Michigan House of Representatives, describing a childhood lived in constant fear and comparing Trump’s mass deportation force to the arrests of Jewish people by the Nazis.

Civil rights advocate, Rene Lichtman, 79, noted his testimony fell on the anniversary of the tragic 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis. Due to anti-Jewish hostility, the ship—carrying nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees—was turned away from Canada, Cuba, and the U.S. While a handful were able to disembark in Cuba, the rest were forced to return to Europe and an untold number died in the Holocaust.

At times holding up old black and white photos of family members, Lichtman warned legislators—and the rest of us—that he now sees “a lot of parallels” in the Trump era.

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In spite of the fact that his son-in-law Jared Kushner is Jewish, Trump does not seem to have much sympathy for the Jews.

June 10, 2017

The background of the Jews currently in the White House

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 3:18 pm

The Jews in the White House today are Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kuschner.

Jared Kushner and Rabbi Hirschy Zarchi at the Harvard Chabad New York Alumni Reception, June 2013. (Harvard Chabad)

Here is some background on Jared Kushner, copied from an article in the Times of Israel newspaper: http://www.timesofisrael.com/jared-kushners-family-is-a-legend-in-this-belarus-town/

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… in Novogrudok — a picturesque city of 30,000 in western Belarus, about halfway between Minsk and Bialystok, Poland — Trump’s election is especially celebrated because it adds [Jared] Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and key advisor, to the city’s short list of international success stories.

“Of course I am very proud that there is someone from Novogrudok in the White House,” said Boris Semyonov, a 57-year-old businessman, when asked about the subject last week in Lenin Square — a wide, clean space in the city center featuring a bust of the communist leader. “I am waiting for him to visit us.”

In Novogrudok, the Kushners are remembered and revered — not for their Trump connections or their sprawling real estate empire, nor for the scandal that engulfed Kushner’s father, Charles, or the recent allegations that he proposed a back channel for communication between the Trump administration and Russia.

Rather, the Kushners are known for the daring escape from the local ghetto in one of the most famous acts of Jewish resistance to the Nazis.

The Kushners’ story features prominently at Novogrudok’s humble Museum of Jewish Resistance. The two-room museum, which opened in 2007, features pictures of Kushner’s paternal family — his great-grandfather, Zaidel; his wife, Hinda; their daughter, Rae; and her two siblings. The museum also displays the bunk beds where the family was forced to sleep when the Germans rounded up the local Jews into the Novogrudok ghetto.

In addition to Novogrudok’s wartime Jewish population of 6,000 — about a quarter of its total population — the Nazis crammed an additional 24,000 Jews from neighboring towns into a ghetto that was built around around a courthouse.

“The Kushners were a well-off family that, before the war, owned several shops in the center, and were known to many people here,” said Marina Yarashuk, director of the Museum of History and Regional Studies in Novogrudok, which operates the Jewish museum. “So it’s natural that they should feature in the display.”

But what really makes the Kushners’ story stand out, Yarashuk added, is how they stuck together through a remarkable escape. Their plan seemed doomed to fail, but ultimately enabled them to survive the Holocaust and fight the Nazis alongside Jewish partisans.

The Kushners’ unlikely survival centers upon the actions of Rae Kushner — Jared’s steel-willed paternal grandmother, who was 16 when the Germans placed her with her parents, sister and brother in the ghetto.

Having survived at least five “selections” for murder by machine gun — including the one in which her mother was killed — Rae joined her brother in leading a daring escape through a tunnel that was dug underneath the heavily-guarded ghetto, which was surrounded by electric wire.

In what became one of Belarus’ best-known Holocaust stories, Rae helped lead prisoners through the weeks-in-the-making escape tunnel, which was the longest of its kind in Nazi-occupied Europe and facilitated the biggest escape through a tunnel by Jews.

The diggers — who concealed the earth they removed inside double walls and attics — led 350 men and women to freedom through the tunnel and into the woods. There, the survivors joined the Bielski partisans — a group of some 1,000 Jews named after the three brothers who led them, and whose bravery was the subject of the 2008 film “Defiance.”

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Continue reading more about Jared Kuschner at http://www.timesofisrael.com/jared-kushners-family-is-a-legend-in-this-belarus-town/

June 9, 2017

Trump wants to cut 3 million from funds for Washington, DC Holocaust Museum

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 2:01 pm

A two-part modern sculpture entitled “Loss and Regeneration”, designed by Jewish artist Joel Shapiro, who was born in America in 1941, stands in the courtyard of the US Holocaust Museum with one section near the sidewalk, and the other part near the door to the museum, as shown in my photo below.

My photo of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

You can read all about the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on my blog at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/us-holocaust-memorial-museum/

According to the recent news article, President Trump wants to cut 3 million dollars from the budget for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.  Where is Trump’s Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner when we need him?

You can read all about the budget cut in this news article: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/337140-trump-faces-backlash-over-3m-holocaust-museum-cuts

The following quote is from the news article:

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A bipartisan group of 64 members of Congress is demanding a reversal on $3 million in funding cuts to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum proposed in President Trump’s budget.

“In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world rises,” the letter to the Interior appropriations subcommittee said. “Now is not the time to cut funding for this national treasure.”

The letter, spearheaded by Reps. Stephanie Murphy, (D-Fla.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), John Katko, (R-N.Y.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), highlights the challenges Trump faces in cutting funds to popular programs. Trump’s budget proposal shifts $54 billion in nondefense discretionary funding to defense and proposes deep cuts to social safety net and health programs.

The reduction, which would return the museum’s budget to its 2016 level of $54 million, is roughly a 5 percent decrease.

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Trump wants to cut the funds to the US Holocaust Museum to a measly $54 million. For shame!

My photo of the entrance to Holocaust Museum on 15th Street

I have a whole section on my scrapbookpages.com website about the Museum: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/index.html

On this page of my website, you can read about the exterior of the Museum: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/USHMM/Exterior.html

 

 

June 3, 2017

Is there a problem with Jared Kushner?

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 10:13 am

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The reason that I am asking if there is a problem with Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is because I just read this news article:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/opinion/the-problem-with-jared-kushner.html

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What are we supposed to make of the news that Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, met with the Russian ambassador in December to discuss establishing a back channel between the incoming Trump administration and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities?

Start with the reactions from America’s intelligence community, whose job it is to monitor foreign actors’ attempts to steal the nation’s most closely guarded secrets.

Michael Hayden, the former C.I.A. director, said this: “What manner of ignorance, chaos, hubris, suspicion, contempt would you have to have to think that doing this with the Russian ambassador was a good or an appropriate idea?” Another former top intelligence official called it “extremely naïve or absolutely crazy.”

Mr. Kushner is now under scrutiny by F.B.I. investigators looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

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The news article, which is quite long, ends with this quote:

Democrats in Congress are calling for Mr. Kushner’s security clearance to be suspended or revoked, which seems reasonable enough, but also like a distraction from the main question: What is Mr. Kushner doing in this job? He has told friends that he and his wife, Ivanka Trump, will regularly re-evaluate whether to return to their natural habitat among New York City’s real estate and social elites. Given Mr. Trump’s clannish reflexes and obsession with loyalty, he is unlikely to encourage such a move, but he should, in his own interest as well as the public’s. His son-in-law, a man he won’t fire, his closest and perhaps most influential confidant and executive, is already struggling with his role — and is now dealing with the distraction of an active investigation. No other White House — no business, except maybe a wholly owned and rather tawdry and occasionally bankrupt casino operation — would be run this way.

June 1, 2017

The night that Hillary won the election and Trump became president

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 9:12 am

Now Putin has revealed that Russian hackers “could have meddled in 2016 US election.”

You can read the full story at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/vladimir-putin-russian-hackers-patriotic-private-us-election-2016-donald-trump-win-dnc-hillary-a7767436.html

The following quote is from the news article:

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the Russian government didn’t meddle in the 2016 US election, but “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers may have done so, according to the New York Times.

The statement is something of a shift from Mr Putin’s past statements on the matter, when he denied that any Russian involvement in any form took place.

Mr Putin said that Russian hackers could have taken it upon themselves to try and influence the 2016 US election, saying that hackers “are like artists” who make decisions on who to target depending on how they feel on any given day.

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On the night of the presidential election, I tried to stay awake until midnight when it would become official that Hillary had won the election with 3 million more votes than Trump.

I wanted to stay up for the official celebration when the announcement was made, but I couldn’t stay awake that long — I went to bed 20 minutes before midnight. The next morning when I heard that Trump had won, I thought that I was watching a comedy show and that I was hearing a joke.

Then I started hearing that Hillary had a private e-mail server and she might be going to prison because of this. I was really worried because I had a private e-mail server. The reason that I had an e-mail server was so that I could see where my e-mail was really coming from, and not where it was pretending to come from. Was that why Hillary had a private e-mail server?  Hillary is very smart. This could be why she had a private e-mail server.

 

 

May 31, 2017

James Comey will tell the truth about Trump

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:24 pm

Trump is going down!

You can read about it in this news article: http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/politics/fbi-comey-testimony/

The following quote is from the news article:

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Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday.

Final details are still being worked out and no official date for his testimony has been set. Comey is expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s presidential election.
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May 29, 2017

“So amazing & will never forget” said Trump at Yad Vashem

Filed under: Holocaust, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:58 pm
“So amazing & will never forget.”
Is this the proper thing to say when visiting a Holocaust Memorial? I don’t think so!
The following quote is from the news article:
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Donald Trump delivered a solemn message of remembrance and a defiant pledge of ‘Never again’ on Tuesday as he visited Israel‘s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem – and left a handwritten message saying his visit was ‘so amazing’.

It was criticized on Twitter by people claiming it failed to show sufficient respect to the victims of the Holocaust – although his speech had been a lengthy tribute to the dead.

One Israeli journalist published a pointed comparison of the message Trump left with that written by Barack Obama when he visited Israel in 2013.

However Trump’s speech was widely praised – and the chairman of Yad Vashem said that he believed the president did not deserve criticism.

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May 27, 2017

Kushner’s luxury underground condo?

Filed under: Food, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 1:04 pm
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Kushner’s Grandmother Rae complaining about her accommodations in her Luxury underground condo.

Kushner’s grandfather and grandmother actually lived in a luxury underground condo, located within the huge Bielski  bunker complex, with more than 1000 other Jews.  Nowadays, it is refereed to as a “hole in the ground”. You can read a little bit more about the luxury bunker complex by following the link below.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bielski_partisans

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The partisans lived in underground dugouts (zemlyankas) or bunkers. In addition, several utility structures were built: a kitchen, a mill, a bakery, a bathhouse, a medical clinic for the sick and wounded and a quarantine hut for those who suffered from infectious diseases such as typhus. Herds of cows supplied milk. Artisans made goods and carried out repairs, providing the combatants with logistical support that later served the Soviet partisan units in the vicinity as well. More than 125 workers toiled in the workshops, which became famous among partisans far beyond the Bielski base. Tailors patched up old clothing and stitched together new garments; shoemakers fixed old and made new footwear; leather-workers laboured on belts, bridles and saddles. A metalworking shop established by Shmuel Oppenheim repaired damaged weapons and constructed new ones from spare parts. A tannery, constructed to produce the hide for cobblers and leather workers, became a de facto synagogue because several tanners were devout Hasidic Jews. Carpenters, hat-makers, barbers and watchmakers served their own community and guests. The camp’s many children attended class in the dugout set up as a school. The camp even had its own jail and court of law.

Some accounts note the inequality between well-off partisans and poor inhabitants of the camp.

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I wonder if the Kushners were among the well-off partisans.

In addition, the partisans stole food from local starving villagers, according to the next quote from Wikipedia.  They subjected local villagers to violence and murder, though some of the villagers willingly gave up their food rather than being murdered.  This is explained in the same Wikipedia article cited above.

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Like other partisan groups in the area, the Bielski group would raid nearby villages and forcibly seize food; on occasion, peasants who refused to share their food with the partisans were the subject of violence and even murder. This caused hostility towards the partisans from peasants in the villages, though some would willingly help the Jewish partisans.

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Slate article about Kurshner’s holocaust experience

The following is a quote from the news article in the link above.

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…miraculously, Kushner, her father, and her sister did [Escape the Ghetto]—and were eventually rescued by the legendary Jewish partisan Tuvia Bielski. For a year, they lived in the forest with Bielski’s brigade of more than 1,000 Jews until, in the spring of 1944, “he brought us out from the woods.” Novogrudok had been liberated by the Soviets.

End quote from Slate.

Rae Kushner.

Fat faced Rae Kushner was a cook in the Bielski luxury bunker complex, and might have prepared food stolen from local peasants murdered by the partisans.

https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10008263

The following is a quote about Kushner on the US holocaust museum web site.

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Shortly thereafter [escaping from the ghetto], the Bielski partisans took in the escapees from Novogrodek—including Rae and her family. In the Naliboki encampment where the Bielskis had managed to shelter over 1,200 people, Rae regularly stood guard and often cooked the camp meals—mostly potatoes, soup, and small pieces of bread.

While in the partisans, Rae reconnected with Joseph Kushner, whom she knew prior to the war. They married a year after the Bielski camp was liberated by the Russian army in July 1944.

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So it turns out that the Kushners had it relatively easy in their bunker complex.  They had whole bunkers filled with underground dairy cows.  Probably much easier than the poor local villagers whom they sometimes murdered and and from whom they stole food.

The FBI may soon be coming after Kushner  — maybe he should dig himself a new “hole in the ground” and hide in it.

May 25, 2017

Jared Kushner reportedly pushed for the firing of FBI Director James Comey

Filed under: Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 5:52 pm

You can read all about it in this news article: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/25/jared-kushner-russia-fbi-donald-trump-215191

Jared Kushner is married to Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka

The following quote is from the news article:

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In a White House sullied by ties to Russia and all sorts of unsavory characters from the fringe, Kushner was set to float above, surrounding himself with fellow figures from the elite worlds of Manhattan finance and real estate and deep-sixing the harder-edged ideas of the White House’s “nationalist” wing.

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The news article continues with this quote:

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Kushner and his representatives did not respond to requests for comment about this story. But those who know him from his days as a young New York real estate magnate and newspaper publisher say that America is just getting to know the Jared Kushner they have always known, that beneath the unflappable golden exterior is someone unafraid to bungee jump or to counter-punch when he feels slighted.

“Polite elegance,” said his friend Strauss Zelnick, an entertainment mogul and founder of the private equity firm Zelnick Media Capital, when asked to describe Kushner’s modus operandi. But, Zelnick added, “He’s tough. In an exceedingly polite way, he is as tough as any one is in New York City real estate.”

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Paul Ryan said this morning that 9-11 was an attack by a foreign government –who knew?

Filed under: Germany, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:22 am

I was watching on TV today as Paul Ryan spoke about what is currently going on in the world today. He mentioned Donald Trump’s trip to Germany, where he was shown on TV walking with Angela Merkel.

Then Ryan mentioned that America was attacked by a foreign government on 9-11. He seems to believe that a foreign government destroyed buildings in New York City, which were owned by one man, but never struck again.  This was a one day attack. Very strange!

I have blogged until I am blue in the face about 9-11:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/911-attack/

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