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Senator Sanders - Holocaust Remembrance

While speaking on the PBS series, Finding Your Roots, Senator Bernie Sanders showed his more vulnerable side as he talked about a relative who died defying the Nazis in World War II. In the clip, the Jewish senator is visibly moved as he discusses the relative with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.

“I’m proud of his courage, and willingly going to his own death in order to protect innocent people,” Sanders says. “So I’m very, very proud that I have a family member who showed that type of courage and decency.”

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported many of Sanders's relatives perished in the Holocaust. His father, Eli, grew up in Slopnice Poland before immigrating to the United States at the age of 17. Almost all of Poland’s Jewish population—90 percent—were systematically eradicated during the Holocaust.

Sanders rarely discusses his Jewish identity in depth, but talks in the show about how the horrors of the Holocaust motivated him to become involved in politics. He said his own career was borne out of a desire to “prevent the descent of humanity.”

“It just makes us realize how hard we have got to work to not descend into this type of barbarity and to create a world where people can love each other,” he said. “That’s what this reinforces in me.”

The Unfinished Business of Bernie Sanders

Last October, Jason Zengerle spent a few months with Bernie to figure out what’s next.



“Look, Trump in a very bad way has redefined the nature of American politics. Every politician in the world stretches his or her point, you know, that’s nothing new. But now that we have a president who is a pathological liar, who can say anything he wants, who does say anything he wants, regardless of whether or not it has any bearing on the truth, that’s something new. All right, how do you deal with that? How do you deal with that? How do you deal with a president who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is a xenophobe, who is a homophobe, and who is a religious bigot?”

Sanders had begun his day in Nogales, along the Mexican border, where he’d met in a budget motel conference room with about a dozen or so immigration and environmental activists. Trump, and cable news, were talking nonstop about “the caravan”—the group of migrants slowly making their way across Central America toward the Mexico-U.S. border—and Sanders wanted these people’s advice about how to respond. One of the activists suggested that Democrats ask Trump what he’s done to help the Central American countries improve the conditions of their citizens so that people don’t feel compelled to leave.

“You’re talking rationally,” Sanders said. “But I want you to put yourself in Trump’s head and what he cares about, and his job is to simply win votes and pit one group of people against the other. You already gave me a rational answer. All right? But I need a political answer.” A local lawyer suggested talking about “the rule of law” and how Trump was waiving numerous environmental laws to crack down on immigration at the border. Sanders nodded and pointed to another activist, who proposed a “welcoming action” at the border where people showed up with food and clothing for immigrants. Then another activist argued that “we have to be not afraid to be rational” and said Democrats should point out just how few immigrants were coming across the southern border.

Sanders wasn’t satisfied. “I’m not sure that I’m getting through to you,” he barked. “This is all politics! It’s like me telling you there’s a guy with a machine gun out there, and if you don’t do this he’s going to bust in here and shoot you all up! It’s not true. All right? But I can create that fantasy. I can tell you that there’s somebody coming down with a machine gun, right? I can get you really scared! And you’re going to come to me: 'How do we protect ourselves?' That’s what it’s about! Right-wing extremism and demagoguery is not based on rationality. It is based on fear." Sanders told the group that their—and his—challenge was to “be really smart and figure out how we fight that demagoguery effectively.”


Facebook Video Link: Senator Bernie Sanders speaking in North Charleston


Jan 22, 2019

Photos: Bernie Sanders makes presidential exploratory tour stop in North Charleston


Photos: Sen. Sanders meeting with South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus


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Photo: Bernie Sanders, Florence SC


Photos: @BernieSanders is still out here fighting the good fight on #MLK day.


''I give special thx to @BernieSanders and @CoryBooker for joining us here in SC''



Photo: Bernie doing an impromptu hallway civics lesson with high schoolers visiting the Capitol

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