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  • Hitler's Holocaust is one of the most iconic examples of human cruelty, systematic desensitization

  • and social manipulation in human history. That such brutality could possibly take place

  • in our modern world is a testament to the power of a lie repeated often enough.

  • Humanity must learn from the horrors of our past so as not to repeat them time and again.

  • So when those who survived the Holocaust speak, we, collectively, should listen.

  • This video will convey the words of Holocaust survivors and their family members.

  • These are their words, their stories, their lessons.

  • What do they knowall these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of

  • the world? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all

  • species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him

  • with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them [the animals], all people

  • are Nazis; for the animals, it is an eternal Treblinka.”

  • So, as many of you know, I spent my childhood years in the Warsaw Ghetto where almost my

  • entire family was murdered along with about 350,000 other Polish Jews. People sometimes

  • will ask me whether that experience had anything to do with my work for animals. It didn't

  • have a little to do with my work for animals, it had everything to do with my work for animals.”

  • Linking the human Holocaust to our treatment of animals has long sparked controversy, disgust

  • and outrage. Opponents view the connection as belittling and disrespecting the experience

  • of Holocaust victims and survivors.

  • But what do we say when those making this connection are themselves survivors?

  • “I totally embrace the comparison to the Holocaust. I feel that violence and suffering

  • of innocents are unjust. I believe that the abuse of humans and animals and the Earth

  • come from the same need to dominate others. I feel that I could not save my family, my

  • people, but each time I talk about cruelty to animals and being vegetarian I might be

  • saving another life. After knowing what I know about the Holocaust and about animal

  • exploitation I cannot be anything else but an animal rights advocate.

  • -Susan Kalev, who lost her father and her sister in the Holocaust

  • One survivor, known only as by his code nameHacker,” when he participated in the Animal

  • Liberation Front raid on the University of Pennsylvania head injury lab, stated,

  • “I believe in what Isaac Basheivs Singer wroteHuman beings see their own oppression

  • vividly when they are the victims. Otherwise they victimize blindly and without a thought.”

  • When I see cages crammed with chickens from battery farms thrown on trucks like bundles

  • of trash, I see, with the eyes of my soul, the Umschlagplatz (where Jews were forced

  • onto trains leaving for the death camps). When I go to a restaurant and see people

  • devouring meat, I feel sick. I see a holocaust on their plates.”

  • Marc Berkowitz and his twin sister Francesca were among Josef Mengele's victims, forced

  • to undergo brutal medical experimentation. He watched his mother and other sisters march

  • to their death in the gas chambers.

  • In fighting for the lives of Canada Geese in danger of being killed, Berkowitz said,

  • “I dedicate my mother's grave to geese. My mother doesn't have a grave, but if she

  • did I would dedicate it to the geese. I was a goose, too.”

  • In 1975, after I immigrated to the United States, I happened to visit a slaughterhouse,

  • where I saw terrified animals subjected to horrendous crowding conditions while awaiting

  • their deaths. Just as my family members were in the notorious Treblinka death camp. I saw

  • the same efficient and emotionless killing routine as in Treblinka, I saw the neat piles

  • of hearts, hooves, and other body parts, so reminiscent of the piles of Jewish hair, glasses

  • and shoes in Treblinka.”

  • For most of the society, life was lived as if none of this was happening. People had

  • regular jobs, concentration camp workers went off to work in the morning and came home at

  • night to loving families, a home-cooked meal, a warm bed. It was a job for them as it is

  • for the animal experimenter, the trapper, game agent, or the factory farm worker.”

  • -Anne Muller, who lost many of her family members in the Holocaust

  • It is wrong to harm others, and as a matter of consistency we don't limit who the others

  • are; if they can tell the difference between pain and pleasure, then they have a fundamental

  • right not to be harmed. … Unless you believe in fascism, that might makes right

  • we do not have a right to harm others.” -Henry (Noah) Spira, animal activist and Holocaust

  • “I know firsthand what it's like to be hunted by the killers of my family and friends,

  • to wonder each day if I will see the next sunrise, to be crammed in a cattle car on

  • the way to slaughter. In the midst of our high-tech, ostentatious, hedonistic lifestyle,

  • among the dazzling monuments to history, art, religion, and commerce, there are the black boxes.

  • These are the biomedical research laboratories, factory farms, and slaughterhousesfaceless

  • compounds where society conducts its dirty business of abusing and killing innocent,

  • feeling beings. These are our Dachaus, our Buchenwalds, our Birkenaus. Like the good

  • German burghers, we have a fair idea of what goes on in there, but we don't want any reality checks."

  • So what lessons should we take from the horrific and unthinkable tragedy of Hitler's Holocaust?

  • The point of understanding the Holocaust in Europe is to prevent and halt other ones,

  • not to remain narrowly focused on that particular one, traumatic though it was.”

  • That's the real lesson of the Holocaust, isn't it? That people could do everything

  • and anything to those that they deemed 'sub-human.' Which is, of course, what we do to animals.”

  • Not everyone has learned the same lessons as the survivors we've heard from today.

  • Albert Kaplan, a passionate vegan animal activist who lost family members in the Holocaust wrote,

  • The vast majority of Holocaust survivors are carnivores, no more concerned about animals'

  • suffering than were the Germans concerned about Jews' suffering. What does it all mean?

  • I will tell you. It means that we have learned nothing from the Holocaust. Nothing.

  • It was all in vain. There is no hope.”

  • "and life is an eternal Treblinka."

  • And then, it finally dawned on me. “Never againis not about what others should not

  • do to us. “Never againmeans that we must never again perpetrate mass atrocities

  • against other living beings. That we must never again raise animals for food or for

  • any other form of exploitation. And that's when I became an activist for animal rights.”

  • Please see the videos here for more information on what the animals are going through right

  • this very moment all over the world. Share this video around so

  • that these lessons are not in vain.

  • Many of the quotes I shared today are from Holocaust Educator Dr. Charles Patterson's

  • bookEternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust,” a powerful,

  • respectful and thoroughly researched text. You can find the link to this book along with

  • other resources on the blog post for this video linked in the video description.

  • If you want to help support this activism, see the link here or in the description below.

  • Now go live vegan, hear their voices, and I'll see you soon.

  • And I recall the admonition by famed Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer,

  • "that for the animals, all men are Nazis, and life is an eternal Treblinka.”

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