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Sun May 3, 2020, 03:44 AM

Auschwitz Museum Condemns Use Of Nazi Slogan At Illinois COVID-19 Protest

Source: Huffington Post

05/02/2020 09:08 pm ET Updated 3 hours ago

The “work sets you free” sign singled out Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is Jewish.
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By Mary Papenfuss

he Auschwitz Museum issued a scathing attack on the use of a notorious Nazi slogan on a sign at an Illinois protest against COVID-19 safety measures.

The German phrase on the protest sign, “Arbeit Macht Frei,” was written in the gates at Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps.

It means “work sets you free,” darkly referring to starving Jews at the camp who were forced to work until they dropped dead — or were killed. The sign at the Re-Open Illinois protest Friday in Chicago also included the initials “JB,” referring to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is Jewish.

″‘Arbeit macht frei’ was a false, cynical illusion the SS gave to prisoners of Auschwitz,” said a statement from the museum, located at the death camp site in Poland. “Those words became one of the icons of human hatred. It’s painful to see this symbol instrumentalized & used again to spread hate. It’s a symptom of moral & intellectual degeneration.”

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/arbeit-macht-frei-re-open-illisnoi-auschwitz_n_5eae03ecc5b639d6e5776b0b

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Reply Auschwitz Museum Condemns Use Of Nazi Slogan At Illinois COVID-19 Protest (Original post)
Judi Lynn May 2020 OP
yuiyoshida May 2020 #1
denem May 2020 #2
Behind the Aegis May 2020 #3
sakabatou May 2020 #4
sop May 2020 #5
rickyhall May 2020 #7
agingdem May 2020 #6
democrank May 2020 #8
Fortinbras Armstrong May 2020 #14
agingdem May 2020 #16
llashram May 2020 #18
Progressive Jones May 2020 #20
lostinhere May 2020 #9
pazzyanne May 2020 #10
Pause May 2020 #11
Ford_Prefect May 2020 #12
dware May 2020 #19
reACTIONary May 2020 #24
Fortinbras Armstrong May 2020 #13
Bernardo de La Paz May 2020 #15
GusBob May 2020 #17
malthaussen May 2020 #21
Mc Mike May 2020 #22
Hekate May 2020 #23
riversedge May 2020 #25

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 04:06 AM

1. I am beginning to believe all Republicans are

Assholes...how else does one explain this kind of behavior??

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 04:13 AM

2. In Berlin, by the Wall (Lou Reed)

 



The flames are all long gone,
but the pain lingers on (Pink Floyd)

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 04:50 AM

3. It is a symptom of the rot in this country and this world.

It is also a sign of things to come.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 04:52 AM

4. So, can we call these protestors, that want to re-open the US, Nazis?

Or is that going overboard?

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #4)

Sun May 3, 2020, 05:16 AM

5. If the jackboot fits, wear it.

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Response to sop (Reply #5)

Sun May 3, 2020, 06:24 AM

7. Exactly

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #4)

Sun May 3, 2020, 05:36 AM

6. is there any doubt?

I'm the child of Holocaust survivors..Auschwitz..this is what that sign means to me: my mother's screaming night terrors, a kitchen counter ablaze with memorial candles on Yom Kippur each one representing a mother, father, sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, cousin...a mother paralyzed with fear at the sight of a train, learning to "count" on the numbers tattooed on my parents forearms...a mother in and out of psychiatric hospitals (survivors's guilt attempted suicides), parents glued to a tv during holocaust documentaries in hopes that they could recognize a family member...this is the Republican Party, hate for the "other" out of the shadows and into the White House...

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Response to agingdem (Reply #6)

Sun May 3, 2020, 06:32 AM

8. I read your words three times.

Any words I chose in response would be inadequate, but I wanted you to know you’ve been heard.
I wish you peace.

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Response to agingdem (Reply #6)

Sun May 3, 2020, 08:20 AM

14. My wife and I went to Auschwitz, where my mother's parents were killed.

She said to me, "Dante got it wrong. What is written over the gates of Hell is not, 'Abandon all hope, you who enter here', but rather 'Arbeit Macht Frei'."

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Response to Fortinbras Armstrong (Reply #14)

Sun May 3, 2020, 09:00 AM

16. Arbeit Macht Frei..

vicious inhumane irony...I remember my father pointing to a picture of Joseph McCarthy and in yiddish saying "this should never happen in America".. the Republican Party then the Republican Party now...

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Response to agingdem (Reply #6)

Sun May 3, 2020, 10:58 AM

18. and to think

trump says these are "good people".

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #4)

Sun May 3, 2020, 11:27 AM

20. I call them nazi trash. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 06:37 AM

9. Those who cannot...

remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana

I think we have a large percentage of humanity, regardless of politics, religion, gender, etc., who don't care if it does not affect them or their immediate families personally. Events like this make me glad I'm in my twilight years and hopefully won't see our extinction.

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Response to lostinhere (Reply #9)

Sun May 3, 2020, 06:45 AM

10. The sad thing is that when they need support...

there maybe no one left to support them.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 07:02 AM

11. Monsters

 







I suppose that the fundies are going to "pack the pews"
Nothing like a revival for packing the pews & pocketbooks.

They will never know what hit them.






They still think "Sky Daddy" will snatch them up in the "Rapture" apparently not knowing that it is not scriptural, nor that it was dreamed up in the 1800's.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 07:38 AM

12. Americans need to learn why such hate speech is illegal elsewhere.

It is not a question of self-expression versus state control. It is that those particular expressions represent a will to exterminate those we do not agree with, as the Confederate battle flag does. Witness the gun waving crowd inside the Michigan Capitol proclaiming: "The people's house is OUR house!" Ask yourself why they needed to threaten anyone who would dispute that point with immediate death?

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Response to Ford_Prefect (Reply #12)

Sun May 3, 2020, 11:06 AM

19. Sorry, but hate speech should not be illegal here as it is in Europe and other places,

hate speech should be met with counter speech, not laws making it illegal.

Would you want the Mango Menace and his DOJ to have that kind of power?

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Response to dware (Reply #19)

Sun May 3, 2020, 05:31 PM

24. +100 ! Those who want to control speech...

.... always imagine they will be the ones in control. That isn't necessarily true. In fact, it isn't even likely.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 08:30 AM

15. Boils down to rich white people want poor & people of colour to serve them. Slavery is not freeedom


They want to force people back to work and force them off unemployment benefits so that the 1% can save taxes and people who can afford it can play golf and get roots done.



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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 09:50 AM

17. Who is the person holding the sign?

One cannot issue a scathing condemnation without knowing who she is

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 12:30 PM

21. It sounded better in the original German.

Fascism. Loved by the unempowered.

-- Mal

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 12:51 PM

22. There was a Chris Hayes quote about these dirtbag nazi protestors, last week.

Paraphrased, "they believe not being allowed to go to the hair salon is 'tyranny', and forcing people to work in a meat packing plant with a covid outbreak is 'freedom'."

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2020, 01:20 PM

23. People who would carry such signs are Monsters. They walk among us.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2020, 09:16 AM

25. Trump-approved protests. yes. they. are.

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