Perspective on Ferguson from Hedy Epstein – a Survivor of Nazi Germany

Perspective on Ferguson from Hedy Epstein – a Survivor of Nazi Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I compiled this in 2014 at the height of the Fergusson riots.  Hedy Epstein has now died but she was an example to all, as she took part in the protests against racism in Fergusson
Hedy Epstein on Ferguson, Fleeing Nazi Germany and
Palestinian-African-American Solidarity
November 30th, 2014
Interview
with Hedy Epstein who lives in the St. Louis area a few days after the Ferguson
grand jury let off the policeman in the killing of Michael Brown.  Epstein
herself was arrested in August at a protest in St. Louis.  
Hedy Epstein on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla
We also talk
about her background, fleeing Nazi Germany as part of the Kindertransport, her
job for the Allies after the war, her awakening to what Israel was doing to
Palestinians in 1982, her trips to the West Bank and retaliation against her.
 
POSTSCRIPT:  After finishing up we realized we needed to talk about a
person who was murdered in Gaza, Vittorio Arrigoni.  Be sure to listen AFTER the
end.  Interviewer Stanley Heller
The
Huffington Post  | By Alana
Horowitz
Posted: 08/18/2014
8:45 pm EDT 
Hedy
Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was arrested on Monday during unrest
over the death of Michael Brown,KMOV
reports
.
Hedy Epstein as a childhood survivor of the Nazis and part of the Kinder transport
Epstein, who aided Allied forces in
the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri,
“for failing to disperse” during a protest of Gov. Jay Nixon’s
decision to call the National Guard into Ferguson. Eight others were also
arrested.
“I’ve
been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it
when I was 90,” Epstein
told The Nation
 during her arrest. “We need to stand up today
so that people won’t have to do this when they’re 90.”
Epstein
is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the
Free Gaza Movement.
Tensions
rose in Ferguson
 on Monday night after Nixon announced that the
National Guard had been called in to help run the command center while police
handled the protests.
Several
people were arrested as protests ramped up, including Scott
Olson,
 a photographer working for Getty Images.
President
Obama addressed
 reporters on Monday and condemned the arrest of
journalists covering Ferguson in the days since Michael Brown was shot and
killed. He said he would be monitoring the National Guard presence to make sure
it is “used in a limited and appropriate way.”
“There is no excuse for
excessive force by police,” Obama said.

 

 

 

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