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Holocaust Remembrance Day

89-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, Imprisoned in Dachau at Age 4, Heckled by Anti-Israel Protesters

On Tuesday, March 26, as the Berkeley, California City Council held a meeting at which a Holocaust Remembrance Day proclamation was being considered, anti-Israel demonstrators bullied an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor who was sent to Dachau Concentration Camp in Nazi Germany when she was four years old.

Susanne DeWitt spoke before the council, saying, “Over six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust and many more were left with scarred lives. I urge the Berkeley City Council to pass the Holocaust Remembrance Day proclamation because we are currently witnessing a horrendous surge in anti-Semitism. Jews are now under existential threat; the invasion by Hamas, which broke a ceasefire –”

She was interrupted by demonstrators yelling, “Time! Time!” The moderator interceded as Dewitt stepped away from the microphone, “Okay, Ma’am. Ms. DeWitt, ladies and gentlemen, if you can, please let me facilitate the meeting.”

Permitted to continue, DeWitt stated, “ — led to the murder of 1,200 Israelis, and the brutal torture and rape of women.” Despite the fact that Hamas’ rape and torture of women during the October 7 massacre has been well-documented, demonstrators screamed, “Lies! Lies! Lies!”

At the meeting, the demonstrators referred to “Zionist pigs,” chanted “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” called the council “cowards” and “traitors,” “spies for Israel,” “Racist Zionists who are upholding violence, apartheid, occupation,” told someone, “Get the f*** out of here, you Zionist pig,” and were warned by the moderator, “Do not circle other speakers. Back away.” (DW / VFI News)

“Lord, we pray that you would stop the lying tongues and the hatred coming from antisemites. We pray that Your truth will shine forth at this time and for the protection of all Jewish people around the world. We pray for those who believe lies about Israel, that You would open up their eyes to see the truth about who the real perpetrators are and bring justice to our people. We also pray for the Holocaust survivors who are still with us. Please heal their wounds and protect their hearts as they see antisemitism raise its ugly head again.”