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Two holocaust survivors, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, responded to the concentration camp comments earlier this month, and her feelings were overwhelming negative.
AOC, D-NY, in view of the scope for the comparison of boundary conditions of detention in concentration camps during a June 17, Instagram broadcast and drew criticism from her own party. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, came out against her comments, calling them “wrong” for the comparison of the “other realities.”
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“I respect you very much and I feel her very close in terms of philosophy, but of course she was wrong,” he said. “You can’t compare what the Nazis did in the concentration camps, unfortunately without any historical — I mean, it is a terrible moment in history. There is no way to compare.”
The two Holocaust survivors, Sami Steigmann and David Tuck, sat down for an interview with turning point USA, and said the AOC’s comments were ignorant and full of hubris.
“AOC — look at me. My name is Sami Steigmann. I am a holocaust survivor. I went through it. As you can see — in my face, tells me that the stock we have in the South, concentration camps are? What you do is, you insulted all of the victims of the Holocaust. Shame on you!” Steigmann said.
“I am not only a Holocaust survivor, I was in a work camp … I was exposed to medical experiments and, later, a German woman, saved my life, if I die on the stage of hunger.”
Tuck, the four concentration camps, said the AOC’s comments were purely political and does not reflect the reality.
“My name is David Tuck is. I am a holocaust survivor. Camps, I was in four concentration. We have no concentration camps [in America],” he said.
“This is just a political comment. It is in the policy. She is in search of himself. There is a purpose, a reason. Why should you say it? You want to be popular? You can’t be popular, due to the extinction of other people. Don’t tell me about concentration camps,” he continued.
Tuck went on to describe his experiences in the concentration camps, including the notorious Auschwitz camp in Poland, and called America the greatest country in the world.
“The first camp was in Poznan stadium. And then I went to Auschwitz. Then I went to Mauthausen, then I went to Gusen,” he said. “All 10 of the Jews, nine were killed. I was lucky. I still have the number on my arm. No one can deny that the Holocaust ever happened to me.”
“I would Wake up in the morning and I would say, ‘Please, dear God, let me see the light the next day,” Tuck added. “When I heard that we are free, and I looked up in the sky and I said, ‘tell me, where can I go?’ And I came to America … It’s still the best country in the world. You can enjoy the life. We have no concentration camps here. God bless you all.”
AOC told her Instagram followers that the U.S. government is “running a concentration camp on our southern border.”
“That is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a live stream. You said your followers, you want to speak to the people “, who say enough with the humanity, that ‘never again’ means something.”
“The fact that the concentrations camps, is now an institutionalized practice in the home of the Free extremely worrying, and we need to do something about it,” she continued
AOC received the backup of the Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, who supported their comments during a Thursday interview with Public Radio International, and tried to defend her use of the word “concentration.”
“If you look at what is taking place, are the people in the camps. And if you think that the definition, if we separate it from the extermination camps, I would have the bearings to say, and the people concentrated in them. And so that’s the General definition,” Omar said.
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AOC is not the first person to the border crossing into the death camp. Last June, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough compared the processing of illegal immigrants, the murder of the Jewish prisoners of the Nazis.
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“I know, children are torn from their mother’s arms, even if you breastfeed you just. I know, children, they marched away, to take a shower,” he said. “I know, they marched away, to take a shower, she says. Just as the Nazis had said that you people to the showers and then you never came back.”