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89-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Given Police Protection After Receiving Death Threats For Passing Bill To Combat Anti-Semitism

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Far-right extremism and intolerance are on the rise not only in the U.S. but all over the world.

In Italy, for instance, a resurgence of antisemitism is so prominent that it’s forced police to constantly protect Liliana Segre, an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor.

Why?

She dared speak out against bigotry.

After proposing a committee of Italian parliament dedicated to fighting racism, Serge began receiving hundreds of death threats every day.

Issues we once thought were long behind us seem to be reappearing right under our noses.

Serge obviously did nothing to deserve these threats and, for many, they are a reminder of a wave of growing Italian antisemitism. 

In 2018, Serge was appointed a “senator-for-life” in the Italian parliament.

According to the BBC:

“Liliana Segre, who was sent to the notorious Auschwitz death camp at 13, has been subjected to a barrage of anti-Semitic messages in recent days.”

“It comes after Ms. Segre, an Italian life senator, called for parliament to establish a committee to combat hate. The motion passed despite a lack of support by Italy’s right-wing parties.”

People all over the world were absolutely disgusted at Serge’s situation.

Every person who’s threatened Serge’s life is a disgusting coward.

With any luck, the world will come to its senses and Serge’s police detail will not be necessary much longer.

For that future to become true, however, good people will have to stand up for her—and others like her—at every opportunity.

The Academy Award winning documentary The Last Days is available here.

“This powerful film traces the compelling experiences of five Hungarian Holocaust survivors who fell victim to Hitler’s brutal war against the Jews during the final days of World War II. Including newly-discovered historical footage and a rare interview with a former Nazi doctor at Auschwitz, the film tells the remarkable story of five people – a grandmother, a teacher, a businessman, an artist and a U.S. Congressman – as they return from the United States to their hometowns and to the ghettos and concentration camps in which they were imprisoned.”

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--