the-feminist-spring:

You see this man? His name is Aleksander Larks. I’ve met him last wednesday. He is a Holocaust survivor.

He was born in Poland, but says he’s a Brazilian in his heart. When he was 11, he and his family moved to Lodz Ghetto. The circled kid in the last picture is him; he was the only survivor of his whole class.

I have already read this book by the time my school took us to listen to his story, but listening to him while he spoke about Lodz, Auschwitz, the Death March he was part of and Flossenburg, in person, is something indescribable. What was more shocking, though, is that before he started to speak, while a history teacher from the university that was hosting the event was still speaking about Nazism, he walked and sit in front of me (what you can see in the first picture). He smiled at me, he wished me good morning and I wished him good morning as well. He was smiling (at least before he actually started to talk about his story), he looked like just another old man. But this man… He is a survivor. A survivor of Nazi Holocaust. He lost both his parents for the concentration camps, he lost a lot of his dignity, he suffered from faming, cold, sicknesses and tortures. But he survived, and just as he promised his dad, even though he is already 86 years old, he keeps traveling around Brazil (and other countries) talking about his story. And as he says, “he doesn’t do that because he want people’s pity”. He does that because he want people, specially young people, to know about the crime Holocaust was and he want us to fight hard so something like this never happen again.

The host people of the university said he wasn’t going to sign any book, because since there were a lot of kids there this would take a lot of time, but since he was sit in front of me, he made an exception for me and signed my book. As you can see in the second picture, his handwriting is a lot shaken (what is completely understandable since he almost 90 years old), but he wrote (in portuguese):

"Oh, my dear Rachel,

Holocaust.

Never again.

Aleksander Henryk Laks 

Belém, 24/8/2014”

You’re right, Aleksander. Never again.

Thank you for being this strong person. I can only imagine how painful it is for you to repeat all those stories, over and over again, so I can only be thankful because you decided to share them with us. I will never forget you or your story. 

After all, last Wednesday you changed my life.

vinebox:

shouldnt:

snailsocks:

I sent this to at least 12 people with 0 context

i cant tell if this is the cutest thing ever or scariest

scariest, definitely scariest

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Attention

thepeoplewillnotstaysilent:

Black Women Are NOT your fetishes

Asian Women Are NOT your fetishes

South Asian Women Are NOT your fetishes

Latina Women Are NOT your fetishes

Middle Eastern and North African Women Are NOT your fetishes

Native Women Are NOT your fetishes

Black Men Are NOT…

booknutty:

solemn-things:

booknutty:

if we got all the cats in the world to meow at exactly the same time how loud would it be

Well the average cat meow is like 65/75dB (above speaking volume but below shouting) and there are about 2bn cats in the world, so, by that math, 130-150bn dB. Which is about 100 million jets taking off at once.

catastrophically loud 

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