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Death Camp Survivors' personal plea to Facebook to change Holocaust-Denial policy

July 8th, 2011
Los Angeles, California

Dear Facebook,

We, the undersigned, are Holocaust Survivors who saw our parents, children and loved ones brutally murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. We are writing to you to protest Facebook’s policy that categorizes Holocaust denial as “free speech,” rather than the shameless, cynical and hateful propaganda that it is.

Listen to the voices of Holocaust Survivors. We volunteer and speak at the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) and the Museum of Tolerance (MOT), where we have shared our personal testimonies with millions of visitors and youth. As individuals who are both victims of and witnesses to the truth of the horrors and hate of that time period, we are deeply hurt and offended by your policy that protects Holocaust denial as speech. Above all else, Holocaust denial, in any form, is a desecration of our suffering the suffering and martyrdom of our murdered parents, brothers and sisters.

The SWC has assured us that Facebook is a company with integrity, a company that is willing to live up to its moral and social responsibilities, as you have done in the past by removing hateful postings. Therefore, we have chosen to write to you, under the good auspices of the SWC & MOT, and appeal to you, both individually and collectively, to reevaluate your existing policy.

Do not permit Holocaust denial any platform on Facebook to preach its inherent message of lies and hate. By allowing this hate propaganda on Facebook, you are exposing the public and, in particular, youth to the anti-Semitism which fueled the Holocaust. Please correct this terrible error in judgment before our generation passes away.

Sincerely,

John Adler:
Immigrated to Palestine with the
Zionist Youth Organization
Joined the British Army. Fought in Egypt and Italy

Sol Berger:
Fought with the Polish Partisans

Eva Brettler:
Hid under a fictitious name
Ravensbruck and Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camps

Peter Daniels:
Theresienstadt Concentration Camp

Harry Davids:
Separated from family at four months old
Lived in open-hiding and was saved by a Christian family

Renee Firestone:
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
Slave labor in Liebau
Tattoo # A-1230

Peter Fischl:
Imprisoned in the Jewish House
In hiding from Arrow Cross and Germans

Bella Friedman:
Majdanek, Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Gundelsdorf,
Ravensbrook Concentration Camps

Andrew Gardner:
Gyöngyös ghetto. Mauthausen Concentration Camp

Elane Geller:
Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp

Marie Glasser:
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Lubberstedt Labor Camps

Rolf Gompertz:
Kristallnacht, Fled to America

Jack Lewin:
Trzebinia, Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps
Tattoo # B-10237

Dave Lux:
Kindertransport to England with brother in 1939
Never saw his parents again

Elisabeth Mann:
Kecskemet ghetto, Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

Mary Natan:
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camps

Dr. Henry Oster:
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps
Tattoo # B-7648

Mathilda Pardo:
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camps
Tattoo # 77090

Michael “Miki” Popik:
Auschwitz and Mauthausen Concentration Camps

Morris Price:
Prokoczim Labor Camp, Krakow ghetto
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau
Concentration Camps
Tattoo # 108262

Albert Rosa:
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau
Concentration Camps
Tattoo #110362


My Father, Lazar Auerbach, his brothers, Menachem Auerbach, Baruch Auerbach, Fishel Auerbach.

Thank you,
Pamela C Auerbach

Abraham Malz

Denise Radomski

Sent by her friend, Faith Luber

Lea Avroch

mother (living): Malvina Lichtman
father (deceased): Alex Lichtman
uncle (deceased): Adolf Lichtman
aunt (living) Lichtman
aunt (living): Rose Friedman
uncle (deceased): David Friedman

Dina Rusinek (nee Mendelwicz) saw her father and two brothers perish in the Holocaust.

Her husband, David Rusinek, watched as his parents were murdered.