In the United States, the Open Society spends $150 million a year financing groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. Soros plans to spend at least $15 million on 2018 campaigns.
Any reader of diaries and accounts by survivors will be struck by the fact that Jews escaping the Germans found themselves in an overwhelmingly hostile environment. The most common responses by neighbors and strangers were indifference, plunder, physical and sexual abuse, humiliation, denunciation, and murder. The second is that while almost all Jews who survived were helped by gentiles, more often than not the rescues entailed bribery and exploitation, as well as promises (not always fulfilled) of material gain after the war. Indeed, common rescuers were far more conventional, and far less saintly, than they appear in Snyder’s depiction.
Shoah is a 1985 French documentary film about the Holocaust, directed by Claude Lanzmann. It’s over nine hours long and took eleven years to make. The film presents Lanzmann’s first-hand interviews with survivors, witnesses and perpetrators across 14 countries.
After watching “Shoah”, Roger Ebert wrote: “There is no proper response to this film. It is an enormous fact, a 550-minute howl of pain and anger in the face of genocide. It is one of the noblest films ever made.”
The BBC as part of its “Witness” podcast series interviewed Irena Steinfeldt, who worked with Lanzmann on the film. Steinfeld now serves as Director of the Department for the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. This podcast contributes to the history of the making of this valuable documentary.
Katrin Bennhold has written a fascinating and well researched piece in The New York Times describing Facebook's efforts in Germany to delete hate speech from the site.
Facebook's Berlin “deletion center” has 1,200 content moderators spread over five floors of a large office building:
In the country of the Holocaust, the commitment against hate speech is as fierce as the commitment to free speech. Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is only available in an annotated version. Swastikas are illegal. Inciting hatred is punishable by up to five years in jail.
Even so, not all Germans support the effort:
The far-right Alternative of Germany, a noisy and prolific
user of social media, has been quick to proclaim “the end of free speech.”Human rights organizations have warned that the legislation was inspiring authoritarian governments to copy it.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered the commencement speech at the Virginia Military Institute on May 16, 2018 stressing that “America’s future be fact-based, not based on wishful thinking:
On May 15, 2018, The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration is making preparations to hold immigrant children on military bases. The bases would be used for minors under 18 who arrive at the border without an adult relative or after the government has separated them from their parents. This would split up families who cross the border illegally.