Auschwitz survivor, 87, confronts Donald Trump’s immigration chief

Rob Waugh
Contributor

An 87-year-old survivor of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz told Donald Trump’s top immigration tsar, ‘History is not on your side.’

The confrontation happened at a public forum yesterday, when Bernard Marks, 87, spoke up to condemn U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan.

Marks complained about Trump’s immigration agents picking up suspected immigrants from law courts.

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Marks said, ‘We stand up here, don’t forget. History is not on your side.

 

‘When I was a little boy in Poland, for no other reason but for being Jewish, I was hauled off by the Nazis.

‘And for no other reason I was picked up and separated from my family, who was exterminated in Auschwitz. And I am a survivor of Auschwitz and Dachau.’


Auschwitz is the most notorious of the Nazi death camps – where at least 1.1 million people died, 90% of them Jews.

Marks said, ‘I spent five and a half years in concentration camps, for one reason and one reason only: Because we picked on people. And you, as the sheriff, who we elected as sheriff of this county, we did not elect you for sheriff of Washington, D.C. It’s about time you side with the people here.’