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EXCLUSIVE: A survivor of the Holocaust spoke out against a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in America, saying that Jewish people will need to come together in solidarity against the hatred.

In 1941, when he was just one and a half years old, Sami Steigmann and his parents were deported by the Romanian government and put to the Mogilev-Podolsky labour camp in a place of Ukraine called Transnistria.

“Being so young, a year and a half, I clearly could not work. And the majority of the children didn’t survive, ” Steigmann said in an exclusive interview with Fox News. “So in case you will ask any survivors how come you’re alive today, everybody will use just 1 word, and that’s luck. ’”

“My luck was that I was never separated from my parents, ” Steigmann continued. ” [The Nazis] did medical experiments on me and the side effects, I felt them all my life, every second, and that I will feel them for the rest of my life. “


Sami Steigmann and his parents were deported in 1941 from the Romanian government and put to a labour camp in Ukraine. (Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center)

Steigmann, a motivational speaker who has made it his life’s mission to educate people through EMET – an acronym standing for “Educate, Motivate, Enable and Tolerance” that is also the Hebrew word for “truth” – said the state has a ” problem with anti-Semitism” and cautioned that “the cry ‘Never again ’ is occurring again. “

“We have to face something that we never have before, and its something that triggers it, the anti-Semitism, to be as strong as it is, and that is social media, ” Steigmann stated. “We have, right now, big high-tech businesses that not only can, but they do control who says what. If they don’t like what you have to say, they can delete your account and ‘ place you in jail. ’”

“At the exact same time, they decide what is called incitement and what’s hate speech, ” Steigmann continued. “In fact, they’re infringing on free speech, and I don’t see, with the present administration, that these businesses will be contained. I don’t even see it for the foreseeable future. “

Steigmann said that Jewish people around America ” are not the people that protest nationwide, ” instead they are in the ” background, ” and are “not united” in pushing back against anti-Semitism in America.


“We have to do something [like] what BLM does, ” Steigmann said, adding that he does not associate himself with the Black Lives Matter company and saying the group is “anti-Semitic. “

” But I do agree with the BLM motion [‘s tactics], ” he continued. ” Have a look: they demonstrated nationwide. The media was there. “

“And it turned into a worldwide phenomenon, ” Steigmann said, adding, “That’s what the Jews have to do” at a non-violent style similar to civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s forms of protest.

Steigmann lambasted the media for being ” silent ” on the increase of anti-Semitism and stated that Jewish people around the nation have to “march nationwide and to bring the media. “


“The media isn’t supporting the fight against anti-Semitism, ” he said, adding that the media is ” exceptionally influential” and that people use the “slogans” they watch on TV and other outlets.

The Holocaust survivor said the fees by progressives that migrant holding facilities along the southern border are “concentration camps” is a “lie” and that people will need to stand up to people who peddle lies.

“There are no concentration camps in this country, ” he said. “If you want to make a comparison, compare it to the DP camps — displaced men and women. “

“These are the camps liberated by the Allies, Americans, British, Russians, Australians. People had to be in those camps for three to five decades. They had no place to go. “


” Although life in the DP camps was very difficult, there was something which was missing. And that has been the threat of being killed, ” Steigmann explained. “So therefore, and the person who said it is a leader of this country and has a large following, is perpetuating false narratives. “

Progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., maintained in 2019 the U.S. has been “running concentration camps along the southern border. “

” Someone else, also a leader in this country, said the Holocaust is happening in this world, ” Steigmann stated. “That is just another lie. There’s a difference between genocide – which is occurring – and Holocaust. “

“The Holocaust is a unique moment in history. It’s the biggest crime in human history, the most recorded crime in human history, ” he said. “Holocaust is all about the annihilation of one single group: the Jews. “


Steigmann, who is an Israeli citizen, said that anti-Semitism has “taken another form” and morphed into anti-Israel sentiments and “anti-Zionism. ” He also said there is a difference between criticizing Israeli government policy and stating the state of Israel should not exist.

Additionally, Steigmann explained that the “only way to create a difference in this world is through education” and warned that the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) motion is going to colleges, where “there is no education, ” only “indoctrination. “

“And as soon as you indoctrinate somebody, its extremely difficult to bring them back, to see the whole picture, to bring them back to reality, ” he said. “It’s an uphill battle. “

For three years, until 1944, Steigmann and his family endured the horrors of the Holocaust in Mogilev-Podolsky before the Red Army liberated the camp. Steigmann nearly perished from starvation, but was saved by a German who delivered food to the Nazis.


The German woman, whom Steigmann never met, gave the infant Steigmann food after seeing him exhibiting the physical signs of starvation, like a distended stomach and swollen feet.

“She had compassion for a stranger, for a Jewish kid, and she chose to give me love, ” he said. “But I need for people to understand, individuals who save strangers — I specifically do not use the word ‘Jews’ because others were also saved — are known as the Righteous Among the Nations. “

“Because she didn’t risk only her own life, she risked the life of her whole family, ” Steigmann said.

In 1946, the Romanian government allowed a small group of Jewish people to repatriate in the country, and Steigmann’s father, an “anti-communist, ” took the opportunity. Steigmann’s family moved to Israel in 1961 before Steigmann came to America on his own “without money and without a language” in 1968. He learned English through television advertisements and conversations, he said.

Being only a year and a half while in Mogilev-Podolsky, Steigmann does not have much memory of his time in the camp. He was not told by his family of the medical experimentation by the Nazis before 1971, as his parents, like other Holocaust survivors, “felt guilty, ashamed and like victims, and they wanted the kids to grow up a normal life, to not be burdened by those horror stories. “

Steigmann’s remarks come as the country faces a steep rise in anti-Semitism after the latest conflict between Israeli military forces and the Gaza-based group Hamas last month.


Multiple progressive lawmakers have attacked Israel in the wake of the battle, which saw tens of thousands of missiles fly indiscriminately from Gaza to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, with some – such as Ocasio-Cortez – calling Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, an “apartheid state. “

American Jews and their communities across the nation from New York City to Los Angeles have been targeted by anti-Semitic attacks in the aftermath of the conflict, which saw synagogues defaced, slurs thrown and people viciously beaten while only eating at restaurants.

Black Lives Issue didn’t immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can find him on Twitter in @HoustonKeene

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