This photo is of the Holocaust. This is how my family who did not make it to America, and primarily came from Russia near the Polish border, was killed. As Jews of the Diaspora, this is where my ancestors ultimately fled to following our expulsion from Judea—modern-day Israel and our ancestral homeland. In the Pale of Settlement, or Western Russia, the Nazis entered the shtetlach—small towns Jews were forced to live in, made the men dig large pits in the forest, and in two days, they lined up and shot every Jewish resident. They threw their bodies into the pits and covered them with dirt whether they were dead or alive. The Holocaust was the result of intolerance of those who were different and new findings I have read from reputable sources put the mass murder at close to 20 million now—non-Jews included. These were my people.
Due to an intolerant evangelical among us on WordPress, I will be moderating all comments from here on out. I assumed this would be the price I would pay for revealing a core part of my identity—the fact that I am indeed a Jew and damn proud, just as my father taught me to be. It was after much thought, and 7 months, that I revealed this through a post after my younger brother said, “If you were black, you couldn’t hide your skin.” Good point. I was tired of hiding.
If this individual continues to be a nuisance, I will reblog their post and my reply to it. Then, everyone will know who they are, while they currently hide behind their public blog that is not attached to their Gravatar. If you visit my blog due to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, please be forewarned, as they don’t care for anyone that isn’t like them and are quite frank about it.
I have no problem with Christians and some of you may be surprised to know that I’m often commenting away on the blog of a wonderful, devout, Christian woman who is almost a diplomat she is so neutral. I recently called her a mensch and she assured me this behavior was against her Christian beliefs. She, and her plethora of followers, are aware I am Jewish and we all get our turn stating our mind. It’s a wonderful blog for me. Of course, I have lived in a Christian country my entire life. However, cyber bullying is rather juvenile; it’s quite cowardly in my opinion. I have endured much worse in the public schools I attended by the Christian kids, but as an adult, I will not sit by while the intolerant, anti-Semitic right-wingers in the U.S. try to have their way.
Long live civil liberties; long live in memory my heroes—the great founders of the Civil Rights Movement, and long live being a tolerant person, regardless of one’s culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, and so forth. By all means, I will continue to write from a minority perspective and make jokes at the expense of others, but this is in good humor. Oy vey! There is no room for bigotry on this blog, period.
I love you all and you know who you are–my best blogging friends–and just friends–in the world! You may still comment away… Your comments will just be waiting for approval, unfortunately. I hope to see you soon, as I will be posting my oddities per usual. Life goes on…
*This post has been slightly altered from the original as I finally figured out how to provide links!