ROME (AP) An Italian Holocaust survivors attempt to encourage other older adults to receive the anti-COVID-19 vaccine has triggered a wave of anti-Semitic comments and other invective on social media.
Liliana Segre, 90, received the first of the two-shot vaccine series in Milan on Thursday. She urged people who reach her age to not be afraid and to take the vaccine.
Im not afraid of the vaccine, Im afraid of the illness," Segre remarked.
After Segre's comments received negative social media attention, Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese expressed solidarity with her and denounced the new and unacceptable attack" which he said was marked by "a very dangerous mix of hate, violence and racism.
Segre publicly bared a shoulder to receive her vaccine injection at a hospital on the first day that Milan began administering the shots to residents age 80 and older. She said that she believed that those who refuse to be vaccinated are either too frightened or not informed enough.
So, as a 90-year-old grandmother, I tell my brothers and `sisters' who reach this age to not be afraid and to take the vaccine," she said.
Segre holds one of Italy's highest honors. In 2018, President Sergio Mattarella made her a senator-for-life in tribute to her years of speaking about the Holocaust with Italian schoolchildren in classrooms across the nation.
When German troops occupied Italy during World War II, many of the members of Italys tiny Jewish minority were rounded up in Rome and elsewhere for deportation.
Segre was one of the few Italian children to survive deportation to a Nazi death camp. She and her family went into hiding after fascist dictator Benito Mussolini's regime introduced anti-Jewish laws but were arrested in 1943 and put onto trains departing from Milan toward Nazi-run camps.
The 1938 racist laws targeting Jews were abolished with Mussolini's death in 1945.
This version has been corrected to show Segres first name is Liliana, not Lilian.
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Even Yahoo appears to join the orgy of worship for this hag. Note that there's a picture of it up top with caption, and then what's that -- the creature's name in a little oval where the byline should be! Did it write the article itself?
What I wrote the friend who sent me this: link: Do you see what freaks they are? This ugly old bitch should be baking cookies for her great- grandbrats, but no -- she's slinging the same kike insanity the SPLC or NY Times does. And look how totally jewed the Italian govt is! I ask you, how can anybody miss what's really going on?
That's so hateful and Hillary-like of the interior minister to put people's alleged outrage over this down to "a very dangerous mix of hate, violence and racism. Violence now equals any words, deeds, glances or mere thoughts that gliberals don't like.