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Michael Jackson quote

Michael Jackson

“Like the old Indian proverb says, do not judge a man until you’ve walked 2 moons in his moccasins.

Most people don’t know me, that is why they write such things in which most is not true. I cry very very often because it hurts and I worry about the children, all my children all over the world, I live for them.

If a man could say nothing against a character but what he could prove, history could not be written.

Animals strike not from malice but because they want to live, it is the same with those who criticize, they desire our blood not our pain.

But still I must achieve I must seek truth in all things. I must endure for the power I was sent forth, for the world for the children.

But have mercy, for I’ve been bleeding a long time now.”

– Michael Jackson, from a handwritten note published in People Magazine in October, 1987.

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Wilma Rudolph quote

Wilma Rudolph

“My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.”

– Wilma Rudolph, who overcome infantile paralysis caused by polio, during which she lost strength in her left leg and foot for many of her early years, to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track and field in one Olympics and set the world record in the 200m dash. This she accomplished as a twenty year old at the 1960 Olympics.

Note: photo is of Wilma from 1960.

Dawid Sierakowiak quote

David Sierakowiak

“They keep relocating the Jews from small neighboring towns into the ghetto, while the deportations from the ghetto have been stopped. Even that chance for getting out of the ghetto has been taken away. Death is striking left and right. A person becomes thin and pale in the face, then comes the swelling, a few days in bed or in the hospital, and that’s it. The person was living, the person is dead; we live and die like cattle.”

– Dawid Sierakowiak, age 17, May 25, 1942.

Note: Dawid is in the 3rd row, 4th from right in the photograph. This excerpt is taken from his diary, written from the Łódź Ghetto. Dawid died on August 8, 1943.

Photo source: US Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Arie Ben Menachem

The story of Noor Inayat Khan

Noor Inayat Khan

This is Noor Inayat Khan. She was a British spy during WWII who was captured by the Nazi’s and executed at the Dachau concentration camp.

Noor was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1914 to an Indian father and an American mother. She was raised with the values of a pacifist and being tolerant of all people.

Growing up, she was shy, quiet, sensitive. She studied child psychology and by her early twenties, she was a poet and writer of children’s stories.

But then WWII broke out. And though she was a pacifist, she wanted to help, particularly to help bridge the gap between Indian people and the British.

She said, “I wish some Indians would win high military distinction in this war. If one or two could do something in the Allied service which was very brave and which everybody admired it would help to make a bridge between the English people and the Indians.”

So she became a spy for the British in France, where she was the only wireless operator. All the others had been captured. But still she stayed.

After 5 months she too was captured. In captivity, she told her captors lies. Then she escaped. After being betrayed, she was captured once more.

She was brought to Dachau. Where for a day she was beaten. Still, she didn’t tell the Nazi’s anything.

Her last word when the German firing squad raised their weapons was, “Liberte”.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noor_Inayat_Khan, http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-20240693, www.goodreads.com (photograph)

A photo of hyperinflation in Germany, 1923

children next to a tower of 100,000 marks, 1923

“‘My father was a lawyer,’ says Walter Levy, an internationally known German-born oil consultant in New York, ‘and he had taken out an insurance policy in 1903, and every month he had made the payments faithfully. It was a 20-year policy, and when it came due, he cashed it in and bought a single loaf of bread.'”

“In 1923, at the most fevered moment of the German hyperinflation, the exchange rate between the dollar and the Mark was one trillion Marks to one dollar, and a wheelbarrow full of money would not even buy a newspaper.”

Note: photo is of children standing next to a tower of 100,000 marks, 1923.

Sources: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights/shared/minitext/ess_germanhyperinflation.html, https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/hyperinflation-weimar-republic-1922/