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Evelyn Markus

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Evelyn Markus

 

My name is Evelyn Markus. I am a Jew. I was born and raised in the Netherlands where my family history goes back more than 400 years. I grew up in the 60s and 70s in the world’s most liberal city –Amsterdam, where I enjoyed life with my long-time partner, Rosa. But 15 years ago, things started to change.

 We noticed and personally experienced rising anti-Semitism sweeping across Europe. As second-generation Holocaust survivors, we sensed a familiar evil on the horizon. In 2004, we decided to leave Europe for the United States, the nation that liberated my family from the horrors of the Holocaust.

 70 years later, I now understand the need to fight for freedom and the importance of acting on principles. America has molded my mission -–to tell the world, through my story —that Never Again Is Now.  

 
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FRANK TOWERS


"Never in our training were we taught to be a humanitarian.  We were taught to be soldiers."

Frank Towers 

FRANK TOWERS


"Never in our training were we taught to be a humanitarian.  We were taught to be soldiers."

Frank Towers 

Frank Towers served as a platoon leader for the U.S. Army’s renowned 30th Infantry Division during World War II. Towers landed in Normandy a week after D-Day on his 27th birthday and was involved in some of the war’s fiercest fighting at St. Lo, Mortain and the Battle of the Bulge. On April 13, 1945, Towers assisted in the liberation of nearly 2,500 Jewish prisoners from a Nazi death train that had come from Bergen-Belsen. Evelyn’s mother, Josephine, was among them. Over the years, he reconnected with hundreds of survivors from that day. Frank Winchester Towers died at age 99 on July 4, 2016 in Gainesville Florida.

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ROSA ZEEGERS


"My message was to make up for what Hitler destroyed. That was my function in life."

Rosa Zeegers

ROSA ZEEGERS


"My message was to make up for what Hitler destroyed. That was my function in life."

Rosa Zeegers

Rosa Zeegers was born in Amsterdam. Rosa's mother survived the Holocaust in hiding. Her mother’s entire immediate family was murdered by the Nazis. Rosa grew up as a conscious Jew, with a strong awareness of her family’s painful history. After obtaining a master’s degree in German Literature, she became a marketing executive in various global Fortune 500 companies. In 2006, she immigrated with her long term partner, Evelyn, to the United States where she assists with Evelyn’s fight against anti-Semitism.

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AYAAN HIRSI ALI


"Life in the

Netherlands

if you are Jewish and

you're not ashamed of

your Jewishness is a

predicament"

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

 

AYAAN HIRSI ALI


"Life in the

Netherlands

if you are Jewish and

you're not ashamed of

your Jewishness is a

predicament"

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

 

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a best-selling author and women’s rights activist. She was born in Somalia where she was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) at a young age. She grew up as a devout Muslim in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya before fleeing to the Netherlands in 1992 to escape an arranged marriage. She served as an elected member of Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006 before coming to the United States where she continues her quest to end honor violence as the founder of the AHA Foundation. She remains an outspoken critic of radical Islam. Her most recent book, Heretic, calls for an Islamic reformation. 

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RAPHAEL EVERS


"The Jews were killed for the simple fact that they were Jews, and that made a very deep impression on me."

Rabbi Raphael Evers

RAPHAEL EVERS


"The Jews were killed for the simple fact that they were Jews, and that made a very deep impression on me."

Rabbi Raphael Evers

Rabbi Raphael Evers is one of Holland’s leading rabbis and Jewish thinkers. He serves in a leadership position at the Dutch Israelite Religious Community, an organization which oversees more than 30 Jewish congregations across the country. He is the former rector of the Dutch Jewish Seminary and the former chief rabbi of Rotterdam, Holland’s second-largest city. 

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BLOEME EVERS


"I experienced a lot of grief, yes.  But that one task, to continue the Jewish People, that lives strongly in me."

Bloeme Evers

BLOEME EVERS


"I experienced a lot of grief, yes.  But that one task, to continue the Jewish People, that lives strongly in me."

Bloeme Evers

Bloeme Evers was born in Amsterdam in 1926. As a child she attended the same school as Margot and Anne Frank. In August 1944, she was on the final transport from Westerbork to Auschwitz. She was liberated in May 1945. Her parents and sister were murdered at Sobibor. After the war, she became a psychologist. In the 1990s, she published a series of books about her research on children who went into hiding during the Holocaust. Bloeme’s son, Raphael is a well-known Dutch rabbi. Bloeme Evers died at age 90 on July 18, 2016 in Israel.

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DAVID BEESEMER


"At the end of the day for my children, if they want to live a Jewish life, I would honestly not advise them to stay in Europe."

David Beesemer

DAVID BEESEMER


"At the end of the day for my children, if they want to live a Jewish life, I would honestly not advise them to stay in Europe."

David Beesemer

David Beesemer is the chairman of Maccabi Netherlands, a Jewish sports club, which offers self defense training for Jews in Amsterdam. In July 2015, Beesemer lead the Dutch delegation for the 14th European Maccabi Games. The games featured more than 2,000 competitors from 36 countries. For the first time in the event's history, the games were held in Germany. 

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GEERT WILDERS


"We should start being intolerant to the people and ideologies that are intolerant to us."

Geert Wilders

GEERT WILDERS


"We should start being intolerant to the people and ideologies that are intolerant to us."

Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician. He is the founder and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV). He is a controversial critic of Islam, especially what he calls the “Islamization” of Europe and the Netherlands. Wilders has been threatened by Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS. He is the author of the 2012 book, Marked For Death: Islam’s War Against The West and Me.

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LEON DE WINTER


"These are the final struggles of a lost fight. Jewish life in Holland is almost non-existent.  In that regard, Hitler won."

Leon de Winter

LEON DE WINTER


"These are the final struggles of a lost fight. Jewish life in Holland is almost non-existent.  In that regard, Hitler won."

Leon de Winter

Leon de Winter is a Dutch novelist, movie director and playwright. The son of Holocaust survivors, his works are mainly fiction. However, since 9/11 he has become a more frequent political writer covering the topics of anti-Semitism and radical Islam with strong support for Israel and America’s founding principles.  Along with his wife, Jessica Durlacher, de Winter co-wrote a new play based on the diary of Anne Frank. Simply called Anne, the theatrical adaptation of a young girl’s literary classic has played for more than 300,000 people in Amsterdam to date. The play, which premiered in 2014 will run through January 2016. 

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QANTA AHMED


"I think if you have an

opportunity to speak for

those who are voiceless,

who might be victims, I

think it's a

responsibility."

Qanta Ahmed
 

QANTA AHMED


"I think if you have an

opportunity to speak for

those who are voiceless,

who might be victims, I

think it's a

responsibility."

Qanta Ahmed
 

Qanta Ahmed is a physician and writer. She is a devout Muslim, who bravely speaks out against violent and nonviolent Islamism across the world. She is the authorof the book, In the Land of Invisible Women, which details her experiences living and working in Saudi Arabia. She also fights against anti-Semitism as a member of The Next Generation Council at the Shoah Foundation.

She is a frequent contributor on outlets like CNN and Fox News and writes columns online at The Huffington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Ha’aretz, and many more.