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The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers. The heroic efforts of three brothers who helped save more than 1,200 people while living in the forest during World War II. Florida Holocaust Museum.

Courage and Compassion

The Bielski Brothers

The story of three men who defied the Nazis saved hundreds of Jews and built a village in the forest

In 1941, as the Jews of Eastern Europe were being massacred by the thousands, the Bielski brothers took refuge in a dense Polish forest filled with wolves, poisonous snakes, swamps and frigid temperatures during the winter. It was there they staged their revenge for the deaths of their parents, family members and friends.

Throughout the War, the Bielski brothers carried out a continuous guerrilla war against the Nazis. They often used captured German weapons gained from ambushed German patrols. They also derailed troop trains and blew up bridges and electricity stations.

Tuvia, Asael, Zus, and Aron Bielski were four of 12 children born to a miller and his wife in the rural village of Stankevich, near Novogrudok. The only Jews in a small community, they had connections within and outside of the Jewish community and quickly learned how to look after themselves. Before long, the older brothers developed a fearsome reputation.

After witnessing the brutal execution of their parents by Nazi soldiers, the three Bielski brothers, Tuvia, Asael and Zus, fled into the nearby dense forest, where they joined relatives and friends, scrounged for food and weapons and inflicted whatever damage they could on German troops.

It was a grim scene that would, of course, be repeated endlessly throughout the war. Instead of running or capitulating or giving in to despair, these brothers — Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski — did something else entirely. They fought back, waging a guerrilla war of wits and cunning against both the Nazis and the pro-Nazi sympathisers. Along the way, they saved well over a thousand Jewish lives.

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Whaleoil and Gay Express articles lead to review of Sonny Bill William’s BMW sponsorship

Whaleoil covered Sonny Bill William’s friendship with an extremist Muslim hate preacher in the following articles.

Time to change cars…Sonny Bill Williams appointed BMW brand ambassador – October 26th 2016 

BMW’s SBW PR disaster spreads – November 17 2016

Advice from Sonny Bill Williams – choose your friends wisely – January 1st 2017

Online magazine Gay Express also covered the story. BMW’S LATEST AMBASSADOR LINKED TO ANTI-LGBT+ FIGURES 

Sonny Bill Williams’ friendship with a radical preacher has drawn complaints from community groups and forced his sponsor to respond…

BMW is “re-looking” at its ambassador deal with Sonny Bill Williams after complaints about the rugby star’s association with controversial Muslim clerics.

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The defense aimed to prove that it was Conley, not Frank, who had killed Mary Phagan. The notes were written in sentences that were reflective of Conley's level of education, there was no blood found in Frank's office or on his clothing, and Conley had an extensive criminal record. In addition, Mary Phagan's body had dirt in her mouth and nose—signs that she had likely been killed in the basement of the factory, a place where Conley had frequently worked. But jurors were unconvinced. On August 25, 1913, Leo Frank was convicted of murder and sentenced to death by hanging. The crowds outside the courthouse cheered in unison at the verdict, as Leo Frank's wife wept silently inside the courtroom.

The defense aimed to prove that it was Conley, not Frank, who had killed Mary Phagan. The notes were written in sentences that were reflective of Conley’s level of education, there was no blood found in Frank’s office or on his clothing, and Conley had an extensive criminal record. In addition, Mary Phagan’s body had dirt in her mouth and nose— signs that she had likely been killed in the basement of the factory, a place where Conley had frequently worked. But jurors were unconvinced. On August 25, 1913, Leo Frank was convicted of murder and sentenced to death by hanging. The crowds outside the courthouse cheered in unison at the verdict, as Leo Frank’s wife wept silently inside the courtroom.

Lynching Leo Frank

Was Leo Frank, imprisoned and lynched for the murder of Mary Phagan, wrongly convicted?

Did National Pencil Company superintendent Leo Frank strangle 13-year-old employee Mary Phagan and throw her in the company’s cellar? The year was 1913 and while the tragedy of Phagan’s death was great, the story surrounding the investigation into her murder is chilling. It’s one that involves child labour, anti-Semitism—and even the KKK.

Leo Frank took his terrible fate with a quiet dignity. As the blind-fold was placed over his eyes he asked only that his wedding ring be given to his wife. Watched on by Atlanta’s great and good, he was then hung to death from the branch of a tree.

How this mild-mannered young Jewish businessman met his brutal end is one of America’s most disputed and intractable mysteries. The only uncontested fact is that a 13-year-old girl was murdered; everything else remains tainted by a shameful legacy of racism and anti-Semitism that continues to cloud the case even 100 years on.

The murder of young Mary Phagan, and the subsequent arrest, conviction and lynching of Leo Frank would prove so controversial and divisive that it would prompt the formation of two organisations that could hardly be greater polar opposites – the second chapter of the KKK and the Jewish anti-defamation league.

Leo Frank’s high-profile murder trial became a media circus and created deep and long-standing religious and ethnic fractures in Atlanta. For many in the Jewish community, the subsequent guilty verdict was seen as symbolic of the depth of anti-Semitism in the United States, on a par with the infamous Dreyfus affair in France.

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French leader of former Anti-Semitic Party now calls herself a Zionist

I have written before that Europe will change its view of Israel now that it has walked a few miles in Israel’s shoes. It is funny how experiencing Islamic terrorism up close and personal, changes a society from give them a cuddle liberalism, to protect my country conservatism.

France went to the polls on Sunday in regional elections and the far-right National Front party, formerly known for its anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant stances but now known for its support of Israel and opposition to radical Islam, came out as a winner across the country.

The regional election outcomes are taken seriously since they are thought to be a bellweather for what will come when France votes in the 2017 national elections.

Though some have pinned the party’s success on its occurrence so soon after the November 13 terror attacks in Paris, one Israeli expert told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that France has been moving to the right for years and is part of an overall trend in Europe of far-right parties becoming the mainstream.

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