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Woman Escaped Nazis Before, Never Thought She Would Face This Again

The horrific events in Charlottesville on Saturday struck a chord across the nation. It’s hard to fathom that so much hatred exists in our nation in today’s day and age. Unfortunately, the cold hard reality tells us otherwise. Hatred is out there, and it, unfortunately, seems like it always will be. While that hits home for all of us, it strikes even deeper on an emotional level for those that have been impacted by the hatred of Nazism in the past.

Marianne Rubin, 89, falls into that category. She escaped the horrors of Nazi Germany as a child, and the scars still run deep. Rubin resides in Westchester, New York these days, and she was smack dab in the middle of a rally that was held on Sunday. As the Huffington Post shares, images of the elderly woman holding up a sign quickly went viral.

“I escaped the Nazis once. You will not defeat me now,” her sign read.

HuffPost was able to track her down to get some thoughts, and Rubin placed things in perspective. While it can be easy to dismiss the hatred as something that simply needs to be ignored, it’s much more personal for Rubin.

“It was a tough day yesterday, but I was with friends,” she said. “Afterward I kept thinking, why does this have to be done?”

She revealed the struggles she went through as a child in a hateful environment, and she remembers in vivid detail what it was like to have Nazi soldiers coming after her and her family.

“I knew something bad was happening,” she recalled. “They marched in and they pushed me down. Then they pushed my father down, and I saw him lying there.”

Her family was able to escape in the late 1930’s. They were able to flee to Italy first before making their way to France. It was off to the United States from that point, but the trauma of what they experienced never completely went away.

President Donald Trump offered up some additional thoughts on what happened in a statement on Monday.

“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” he said.

Trump’s latest remarks came in the wake of him being blasted for his initial response to what happened. He didn’t do himself any favors with the latest comments, as the general perception was that it was a case of too little, too late. The president was expected to take a firmer stance against the white nationalist groups that were in attendance on Saturday, and he dropped the ball.

It certainly sounds like we can add Rubin into the camp that feels that way.

“F*** you,” she replied in terms of what kind of message she would have for Trump. “My kids know what I mean. I mean, ’Don’t do what you’re doing.”

Source: HuffPost
Photo: Lena Schnall

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