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Holocaust Survivor Sam Pivnik Urges Jews Urge to Flee Ukraine

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Sam Pivnik, who was sent to a death camp aged just 14, has urged Jews in Ukraine to flee   [MARK KEHOE]

ALL Jewish people should leave Ukraine at once, a Holocaust survivor warned last night, after  anti-Semitic leaflets were handed out in the country.

Marco Giannangeli writes: The pamphlets and posters, distributed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, demanded that the Jewish population register, pay a new tax or leave.

They are a terrifying echo of the anti-Jewish atrocities carried out by Ukrainians under Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

“Jews have no place in Ukraine, because nothing has changed.”

— Sam Pivnik, Holocaust survivor

The leaflets, apparently signed by pro-Russian group the People’s Republic of Donetsk, have enraged the world.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week: “After all of the miles travelled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it is grotesque.”

Jewish families in eastern Ukraine are allegedly seeking advice on repatriation to Israel [REUTERS]

Jewish families in eastern Ukraine are allegedly seeking advice on repatriation to Israel [REUTERS]

Sam Pivnik, 86, was only 14 when his family were rounded up in Bedzin, western Poland, and sent to the death camp at Auschwitz.

After his parents, brothers and a sister were chosen “with the flick of a glove” for extermination by “Angel of Death” Dr Josef Mengele, the teenager, tattooed with a prisoner number, was left to survive alone. Mr Pivnik, who now lives in Golders Green, north London, said he was not surprised by the literature’s anti-Semitism.

“Jews have no place in Ukraine, because nothing has changed,” he said last night, “and as long as Jews remain there, nothing will change. They had no business staying in that country after the atrocities of 1939-1945. Read the rest of this entry »

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