If You Read One Sign From A Charlottesville Solidarity Rally, Let It Be This Grandmother's

"I escaped the Nazis once."

In the aftermath of the devastating events in Charlottesville this past weekend in which various alt-right factions sparked deadly violence, Vox reports activists have staged at least 682 "Solidarity With Charlottesville" events around the world. One such gathering took place in New York City's Union Square on August 15, where a New Yorker named Marianne Rubin decided to show her support with a pointed and powerful sign.

According to HuffPost, Rubin, now 89, narrowly escaped the Nazis as a child living in Germany just before the start of WWII. Her sign, which read, "I escaped the Nazis once. You will not defeat me now," called back to that painful past and acted as a warning to others to not make the same mistakes. 

Many of Charlottesville's white nationalist protesters were filmed chanting Nazi slogans and giving "Nazi" salutes.

"I am horrified at what's happening," Rubin told AM New York. "My family has been through this once already."

Rubin recalled how, when she was six, Nazis forcefully entered her home and attacked her family. "I knew something bad was happening," she told HuffPost "They marched in and they pushed me down. Then they pushed my father down, and I saw him lying there."

And even though Rubin and her parents managed to escape from Germany in the late 1930s and eventually made their way to the United States, she's keenly aware of the death and destruction the Nazi regime inflicted.

In standing up against those groups now, Rubin is doing her part to ensure such intense hatred does not win. "It sends me beyond belief," she said of the re-emergence of neo-Nazism and white supremacy.

In an interview with CBS News, The grandmother also noted how "lucky" she was to be able to stand in solidarity with counter-protesters in Charlottesville today.


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