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PostSubject: A Touching Story for Jacob   Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:14 am

This 95-year-old Holocaust survivor has a roommate — she’s a 31-year-old granddaughter of Nazis




When the Nazis ripped his family from their home in Poland, Ben Stern survived the ghettos and the concentration camps by never losing faith in human kindness.

So now, at the end of his life, the 95-year-old has found an almost perfect antidote to how he was treated by the Nazis: Opening his California home to one of their descendants.

His roommate, Lea Heitfeld, is a 31-year-old German student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, whose grandparents were active and unrepentant members of the Nazi Party. Rather than shy away from her family’s history, it has inspired her to learn about Jewish people and educate others about their religion and what they endured during the Holocaust. She’s even getting her master’s degree in Jewish studies.

Welcoming Heitfeld, the kin of the very people who brutally forced him from his childhood home, to live as his roommate while she finishes her degree feels like “an act of justice,” Stern said in an interview. “It was the right thing to do. I’m doing the opposite of what they did.”

There is much about their living situation that defies norms: the sizable generation gap, the gender divide and, of course, the fact that they’re a Holocaust survivor and the granddaughter of Nazis. And yet they’ve both found they have so much to give each other.



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A photo clipped from a newspaper from Helen and Ben Stern's arrival in America in May 1946. (Courtesy: Charlene Stern) A photo clipped from a newspaper from Helen and Ben Stern’s arrival in America in May 1946. (Courtesy: Charlene Stern)
Heitfeld provides companionship to Stern, whose wife of more than 70 years recently went into a nursing home because of her worsening dementia.

In the evenings, the unlikely pair watch TV together, usually the news. They have dinner together almost every night, and snack on herring salad and crackers before their meal — a mutual favorite. They have long conversations about history and current events and he tells her stories of his life in Poland before the war. Last semester, Stern, who never went to high school or college, audited a graduate class with her, and they walked together to campus every Thursday night.

For Heitfeld, Stern’s friendship is the rarest of gifts — an insight into human resiliency and compassion.

“This act of his opening his home, I don’t know how to describe it, how forgiving or how big your heart must be to do that, and what that teaches me to be in the presence of someone who has been through that and is able to have me there and to love me,” she said. “That he was able to open the door for someone who would remind him of all his pain.”

‘I was reborn’

Stern was a teenager when Nazis took over his small Polish town. He survived life in the Warsaw Ghetto, nine concentration camps, including Auschwitz, and the death march from Buchenwald. When Americans liberated them, he went searching for his family and found no one.

He met his wife, Helen, in a displaced prisoners camp after the war and the young couple made their way to America with nothing more than a dream for a new life. He had no education, no trade, no money and could not speak English. But he had his life.

“I was reborn. I did not forget what happened to me, but I was determined to rebuild the family that I lost and speak out on the pain and losses that so many people gave their lives for no reason only because they were hated because of their particular religion,” Stern said. “We found a mixture of religions being accepted and that was opening the door for a free life, that was a gift that until today I am thankful for the opportunity to enjoy the freedom to build the beautiful family that I have.”

His daughter, Charlene, has preserved her father’s story in a 28-minute documentary called the “Near Normal Man,” which is what he calls himself. No one could spend a day in Auschwitz and call themselves normal, he’d tell her. In the film, Stern recalls in his own words and with moving detail what he endured and how it shaped his worldview afterward.

“When the Nazis came, his only weapon was his insistence upon living and remaining human,” Charlene Stern said. “I asked him, ‘How did you change? How did you change after the Holocaust?’ He said, ‘Char, I became more compassionate.’ That’s the father I inherited.”

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Ben Stern, 95, is a Holocaust survivor who made it through nine concentration camps, including Auschwitz. Stern's daughter preserved her father’s story in a documentary called the “Near Normal Man.” (Vimeo/Charlene Stern)
Charlene’s voice caught as she recalled showing the film to Heitfeld’s parents when they came to visit. After watching, Heitfeld’s father, whose parents were Nazis, asked whether he could help her get the movie shown in Germany. He said they would travel around the country together — the daughter of a Jewish Holocaust survivor and the son of a Nazi solider.

Charlene and Lea Heitfeld are both, in a way, students of their past who feel compelled to use their family history to educate. Heitfeld grew up in a small town in northern Germany and, until she moved to the United States five years ago to work as an au pair, she’d never met a Jewish person, she said. On her way to dropping off the children she took care of at school, she’d pass a Jewish retirement home. With several hours in the morning to herself, she decided to volunteer there. It was one thing to be meeting Jewish people her own age, but she said she wanted to spend time with the generation directly affected by what her ancestors did.

“I’ve reflected so much about my own identity. If I want to identify with my country, it’s about confronting the things that hurt and put me in an uncomfortable position,” she said. “I feel responsibility for the memory of the Holocaust.”

Not staying silent

The rise of anti-Semitic-fueled acts in the United States — bomb threats at Jewish community centers and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries — has been weighing heavily on Stern and Heitfeld.

The vitriol directed at minority groups, not just Jews, is all too reminiscent. “I walk with a fresh injection of pain and hurt,” Stern said.

Heitfeld feels it, too. “I’ve been in more pain that I’m living with a man who went through this and now has to be confronted with this on the news,” she said.

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But this is not the first time Stern has been faced with this painful reminder of his past. In 1977, he and his family lived in Skokie, a suburb of Chicago, which at that time was majority Jewish. A neo-Nazi group requested a permit to demonstrate in the streets in their town. It was a haunting proposition, the idea that a group bearing swastikas would once again converge on his town. Stern refused to sit idly by and let this happen, so he organized an effort to block them from coming. Because of First Amendment rights, Stern didn’t succeed in banning them, so instead he encouraged other Jewish people to not hide away afraid, but instead to stage a counter-demonstration if the Nazis came.

Ira Glasser, the former director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which advocated for the neo-Nazis’ right to march, wrote in the Huffington Post that it was “a brilliant response and a perfect remedy for a country with strong First Amendment rights.”

Living with a millennial. Making the film. It’s all in service to Stern’s lifelong mission to ensure young people are informed to stand up to hate once there are no more survivors left to tell their stories. For Stern, this new wave of hate is yet another moment that he cannot stay silent.

“I feel like it’s important for the reason I survived to tell the world, to tell the next generation what to look out for to have a better, secure, free life,” he said. “It’s important for them to learn how to behave with other people, with other nations, religions. We’re different, but we’re all human and there is room for each and every one of us in this world. It should be in harmony instead of hatred, racism. … We are all born; we’re all going to go. While we’re here, we should try to improve the world.”

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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:43 am

When you do the math on all the survivors, you know it's just a big hoax being carried out.  Numbers don't lie.

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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:02 pm

Jews are a sub-species. All you can do is wait for the great 'implosion'. Odd that judicial inc was vaporized but stormfront and david Irving are left alone.
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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:53 pm

The gallery is finally catching on to David Dukechovny, unfortunately I am not sure it is out of just being so obviously dumb for so obviously of a long time. It is being crushed slowly but surely and has to be because a few people stood up against it. Thats all it takes, either you have the truth or you dont. If you have the ability to shoot your mouth off on a radio show 3 hours a day it doesnt make you any better than the putz Hannity (who I will hang myself if I ever run into) and not take calls. If you have a radio show and you dont have free speech you are the people you claim to be against. Dukes Khazar theory alone is enough to put him into a whirlwind of sh@t, but the truth is we know he is never around when the big incidents occur. There is no doubt he is a Jew media controlled op at the very least. Taking him out will seriously clean the air.
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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:37 am

Living with a millennial. Making the film. It’s all in service to Stern’s lifelong mission to ensure young people are informed to stand up to hate once there are no more survivors left to tell their stories.

Other old chaps must be envious of him, and saying: "I wish I thought of that."
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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:13 pm

“I was reborn. I did not forget what happened to me, but I was determined to rebuild the family that I lost and speak out on the pain and losses that so many people gave their lives for no reason only because they were hated because of their particular religion,” Stern said. “We found a mixture of religions being accepted and that was opening the door for a free life, that was a gift that until today I am thankful for the opportunity to enjoy the freedom to build the beautiful family that I have.”

~Because of a religion? What religion, the Talmud? Why wouldnt people hate Jews for their Talmud, but why would Christians hate Jews for their so called religion if they dont even understand what it is?  It's truly amazing how Jews can waltz into others countries (nations) and destroy them and then get away with saying "they hated us because of our religion". This is why I always tell people to really look into their "religion". If Ashkenazi's (Khazars) were converted to Judaism (Talmudism) how then could those so called Jews that converted them even have been real so called Jews if the Bible is about a lineage of people? How then could Jews be practicing their so called religion? Next time a Jew says this start asking him about what the book says and what they say and why it is an important tool to show why Jews are disliked (because they are full of dog doo too), war starters, anti free speech, porn moguls, crooks, impostors, name changers, well poisoners, terrorists, organized crime low lifes, organ harvesters, child molesters and prove how most people really have no clue what their religion is nor does the Jew himself.

Lastly if Jews can simply convert people to "Judaism" why cant people convert to (Israelitism)? If it is just a religion anyone can be whatever they want.
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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:58 am

9/11 was a "golden moment" and Duke, Irving, MacDonald, Neo Nazis, Alex Jones, etc said nothing. I only saw three real ex posers (Edgar Steele, Judicial-inc, Grimm. etc) They are all vaporized. VNN and Stormfront are still up and running.
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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:06 am

77 yr old Irving with hid 22 yr old companion




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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:14 pm

Odd that these fellas are never on the forums. Are they scared a something?
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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:26 pm

Its odd Jews claim people hate them for "their religion", but yet Mikey Rivero hates the Jews so called religion too and still praises the Jews and hates the Nazi's. Jews cant be nailed down to the truth on anything.
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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:04 pm

Jews aren't a religion but rather a race
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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:17 pm

In the Bible Jews are called a race or "generation" of vipers, but race is not the same word today, obviously two whites make a white and two Jews make a Jew and a white and a Jew make a Jew. Even a Black and a Jew make a Jew. They are definitely not the same as others whether it is through the mother or the father (if thats what you want to call them). I dont call gators parents Mom and Dad either.

Ben Stern is going out to play tennis today (actually he is peeping into the frauleins bedroom).
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PostSubject: Re: A Touching Story for Jacob   Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:19 pm

This is a below the radar post from me and any CI people who f with this f with me.

The name Campbell

Campbell is primarily a Scottish surname of Gaelic origins.

In Scotland, the name itself derives from two Scottish Gaelic words. "Cam" (crooked) and "Beul" (mouth) meaning "Crooked mouth" or "wry-mouthed", originally a nickname which over time became used as a surname.[2]

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Campbell is the third most common surname in Northern Ireland, fourth most common in Jamaica, seventh most common in Scotland, 12th most common in Canada, 18th most common in Australia, 41st most common in the United States and 65th most common in England.[1]

The most common Irish derivation is from the surname Mac Cathmhaoil. Descendants of a famous war-leader named Cathmhaoil took the surname, and was often pronounced as "Cammle". This coincidentally was the same pronunciation as the Scottish surname "Campbell". From this Irish surname, a number of derivations were arrived including MacCawill, McCaul, MacCall, Caulfield, and of course Campbell.[3]

~ There was no man named Cathmaoil there was Michael who threw the kikes out of heaven. Cath means "battle" just like Mein "Kampf" the original was "cath" as in "cathal" pronounced "ca'al" like McCall or Michael. Dont believe me do the research......Cath was a later Greek spelling of the prefix "Cah" or Kah" which means battle. I could go into an hour of how this came to be. The Hebrew word for war was "mil cah ma". Mil for military, and cah for battle both entirely relating to Michael who was a warrior not a pussy angel woos. I almost married a Campbell, she was not the prettiest gal, but the best girl I ever knew and would have made a great wife ( maybe she was a bit too close for a Deliverance family however). "Cath" or "cah" is a huge root in all European languages and I know for a fact most people dont know it. I know it.

Kath was a root in Greek for something that came down from above for instance a catapult (Roman), cataclysmic, catatonic, catacombs etc etc.

Without a doubt these names are Gaelic or Keltic or Kelic just put Mc in front of those roots. Gaelic is Michaelic. Plus the words that end in "el" mean the same as they did in Hebrew. The original Scottish who were also from Ireland (hibernia) and Iberia, then Ibretagne (Britain) were diehard Bible fanatics just not how we have been taught to believe. Michael has always been the opposition to satan and we are the opposition to his kids, sounds nuts, but what really is nuts today?
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