Holocaust survivor Chaim Ferster, who survived eight Nazi death camp, dies – BBC News

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Image caption Chaim Ferster survived Auschwitz, malnutrition and typhus during WWII

A Holocaust survivor who cheated death in eight Nazi concentration camp during World War Two has died in hospital.

Chaim Ferster, 94, was forced from his home in Poland by the Nazis and survived Auschwitz, malnutrition and typhus. He afterwards settled in Manchester.

He died from pneumonia and a kidney infection earlier surrounded by his three sons and family, his rabbi said.

Rabbi Arnold Saunders said he “had nine lives and was an inspiration”.

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Image caption Child survivors at Auschwitz – still taken from footage recorded by Soviet forces-out

His sister Manya, 92, who was the only other member of his family to survive the Holocaust, managed to visit him merely a few days before he died.

Mr Ferster, who lived in Salford, Greater Manchester was admitted to hospital last week.

He succumbed just after midnight with his three sons at his bedside at North Manchester General Hospital.

His youngest son Stuart Ferster, 61, told the BBC: “His greatest fear was that people would forget the horrors of the Holocaust.

“That is why he spent so much time giving lecturings in schools and colleges.

“We are so proud of him and the run he did.”

Image caption Mr Ferster was 17 when the war broke out, in 1939

Nazi horrors

Born into an orthodox Jewish family and raised in the Polish township Sosnowiec, Mr Ferster was forced from his home by the Nazis in 1943 aged 20.

He witnessed mass executings, children screaming for their murdered mothers, bodies being burnt in the gas chambers and survived death marches.

In one camp, Mr Ferster recalled: “There were bodies lying on pallets, six one route, six the other way.

“There were many many pallets with bodies, very, very high.”

Image caption His prison number B10924 tattoo on his left arm

He lost 30 relatives in the Holocaust including his mother, father and two sisters.

He later founded a sewing machine manufacturing business in Manchester.

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “Chaim Ferster survived the worst horrors known to man, losing virtually his entire household.

“In his later years, he dedicated himself to sharing his narrative of pain and loss with the next generation.

“He reminds us that eyewitnesses to the Holocaust will not be with us eternally and that it is up to all of us to keep their legacies alive.”

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Maisie Williams tweets request, get more than she bargained for

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Ask, and the internet shall deliver .
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LONDON Arya and Sansa Stark may be total badasses these days, but it wasn’t always that way.

Long before the latter are battle-hardened by the endless, freezing misery of Westeros, everybody’s favourite Game of Thrones sisters were … well, they were just sort of small and adorable.

On Monday afternoon, Maisie Williams tweeted the following request for old photos of herself and BFF Sophie Turner.

And boy, did the internet deliver 😛 TAGEND

There are many, many more where those received from too.

When you ask the internet for help, you had better be prepared for the internet to deliver.

Catholic school banishes Chick-fil-A

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I was about to dip a nugget in some Chick-fil-A Sauce the other day when I received an urgent message on my phone.

Student Groups Shut Down Chick-fil-A Proposal , one headline blared. Catholic University Caves to LGBT Pressure, Rejects Chick-fil-A, screamed another.

A cavalcade of anti-chicken headlines ejaculated from my phone but the most succinct received from Food and Wine magazine: Fordham University Rejects Chick-fil-A after LGBT Student Concerns.

However incredulous it may have been, the Jesuits had indeed banished the Chick-fil-A kine.

As I meditated that reality, I virtually choked on a delicious, hand-spun Chick-fil-A Icedream milkshake topped off with whipped cream and one crucial cherry.

Fordhams Rainbow Alliance took great offense over plans to install a Chick-fil-A in the campus dining hall. The LGBT group had a laundry list of complaints, but they still have their featherings ruffled over an incident that occurred back in 2012.

That was the year Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told a Baptist newspaper that he believed in the biblical definition of marriage.

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Mr. Cathys commentaries sparked The Great Poultry War of 2012.

Fierce critics accused the family-owned restaurant chain of all sorts of heinous behaviour. One elected lawmaker accused the Cathy family of peddling abhor chicken.

In spite of the vicious attacks by the mainstream media and the militant LGBT chicken-haters, the restaurant chain continued to provide delicious food served with cheerful attitudes.

As a matter of fact, Chick-fil-A graciously offered to collaborate with Fordhams Rainbow Alliance an invitation that was rejected.

Were not going to partner with an institution, a corporation that has so strongly supported other institutions that work to destabilize and demolish movements for faggot equity, Rainbow Alliance co-president Renata Francesco told the Fordham Observer .

Such childish insolence has become the norm on university campuses these days.

The Fordham Observer reports that other student groups, including the United Student Government and the Residence Hall Association, also objected to the campus Chick-fil-A.

The Rainbow Alliance said they were very happy with the decision.

Part of me is hopeful that theyll start taking this attitude of listening to queer student and faggot voices, because there are so many on this campus and merely in life, Francesco told the newspaper.

It seems LGBT students are still perturbed because the Catholic school is not kowtowing to queer issues most notably the reluctance and denial to generate trans-inclusive spaces.

Im not exactly sure what a trans-inclusive space means but whatever.

So, there you have it, folks. Chick-fil-A has been banished from campus, the LGBT students won the day, and the anti-poultry racists at Fordham University have been spared the indignity of suffering through the throes of a raging microaggression at the mere presence of a waffle fry.

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More companies should follow Target’s lead with a view to providing trans bathrooms

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This week, Target announced that it would be taking a stand for inclusivity.

In a press release published to its website, the popular megastore announced that it would be allowing transgender staff members and customers to use the restroom that corresponds most closely with their gender identity. For instance, if a trans woman strolls into a Target in her town, she would be permitted to use the womens bathroom, rather than being forced into the mens facilities.

Everyone deserves to feel like they belong, the company told. And youll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.

The companys announcement follows follows a spate of anti-LGBT legislation passed in nations like Mississippi and North Carolina. In the Tar Heel State, Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law last month, a piece of legislation that effectively forces trans people in the nation to use the restroom that matches the sexuality they were assigned at birth.

Theyre not only patting themselves on the back. Theyre taking action .

As ThinkProgress Zack Ford reports, Mississippis recently passed religion liberty bill, known as House Bill 1523, lets employers to manage the access of restrooms and other sex-segregated facilities. The bill itself is a carte blanche allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Since HB 2 was passed, 160 companies have spoken out against the legislation, including top Silicon Valley firms like Apple, Microsoft, and Google. In a statement, the Google CEO Tim Cook proclaimed its commitment to respect for diversity. “Our future as Americans should be focused on inclusion and prosperity, and not discrimination and division, Apple said in a release issued to the Charlotte Observer s Katie Peralta. We were disappointed to see Gov. McCrory sign this legislation.”

These statements do serve a symbolic power in opposing discrimination, likely killing a proposed anti-LGBT bill in Georgia that would have been similar to the one passed in Mississippi.

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed the bill after Disney and Marvel claimed the legislation would threaten future business in the country, which is known as the Hollywood of the South for its status as a popular shooting location. What these companies have rarely done, however, is country what they are currently doing to ensure nondiscrimination in their own workplaces or stores.

Thats precisely what constructs Targets stance on such issues so refreshing: Theyre not just patting themselves on the back. Theyre taking action.

Target isnt the first company to offer an all-inclusive bathroom environment for customers and staff. In March, a sign posted at Kroger, the countrys largest supermarket chain, ran viral. At a location in Athens, Georgia, managers posted a short explanation of why the grocery store has a gender-neutral bathroom.

We have a unisex bathroom because sometimes gender-specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations, the sign read. And since we have a lot of friends coming to see us, we want provide a place for our friends who the hell is: papas with daughters, mommies with sons, parents with disabled children, those in the LGBTQ community, adults with aging mothers who may be mentally or physically disabled.

Facebook user Tonya Owens posted a photo of the sign to her personal account, congratulating the chain. Nice job, Kroger, she wrote. That post was liked more than 95,000 hours and shared more than 125,000 times.

Its incredibly important that companies defined a positive instance for other industries, precisely because so many nations lack trans bathroom protections .

That viral bait can be an incredibly powerful force-out: It can not only generate good will toward companies that are providing all-inclusive spaces for LGBT clients, but also help inform policy. When business watch Kroger applauded for doing the right thing, they are more likely to follow by doing the same.

For instance, when Erica Lachowitz, who works as an IT project manager for ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, a door company in Charlotte, North Carolina, “re coming out” in her workplace, her bosses took leadership on the issue. Lachowitz told the Daily Dot that they called a company-wide fulfilling to educate their employees on respect and diversity in the workplace. In the meeting, her superiors affirmed that any transgender member of their faculty would be allowed to use the restroom of their choice. Anyone who has an issue with that, they joked, could use a porta-potty outside.

Its incredibly important that companies defined a positive example for other businesses, precisely because so many states absence trans bathroom protections.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, only 18 states in the U.S.( and the District of Columbia) have nondiscrimination laws on the books that include both sexual orientation and gender identity. These provide equal access in all public accommodations, which include restaurants, bars, city parks, and public restrooms. Although few countries have passed laws that codify discrimination against trans people, the case of North Carolina is the norm across the country.

Its not the exception, its the rule.

In the Tar Heel State, developers have released applications that assist trans people locate a safe public bathroom. Emily Waggoner, a former North Carolina resident, released the Safe Bathrooms map in March. According to CNN, the Google Maps extension has pins, in the form of toilet rolls, on industries in North Carolina that have stated publicly that their bathrooms are safe for trans and gender nonconforming people.

Waggoners map, however, remains sadly sparse, and the same is likely true in nations across the country. Trans people in nations like Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, or Ohio may have little idea where its OK for them to use the bathroom. Although Starbucks has gender-neutral unisex restrooms in all of its places, there are only a handful of locations of the popular coffee chain Jackson, Mississippi within the city restrictions. Were companies like Walmart, Kmart, Home Depot, RadioShack, and Walgreens to publicize their bathroom policies, it would make a huge difference for transgender folks who might otherwise have few resources.

In the wake of Targets commitment to trans inclusion, its period for other businesses to follow suit. While making a public statement on Facebook can be powerful, its even more crucial for make a statement on the ground.

Nico Lang is a Meryl Streep fanatic, critic, and essayist. You can read his is currently working on Salon, Rolling Stone, and the Guardian. Hes also the author of “The Young People Who Traverse Dimensions” and the co-editor of the bestsellingBOYSanthology series. Follow him on Twitter @Nico_Lang .

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Six Disabling Beliefs ThatCan Ruin Your Career

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Six Toxic Beliefs That Will Ruin Your Career

These ideas can place a huge blockade between you and your career ambitions.

. 06/17/ 2017 12:58 pm ET | Updated Jun 17, 2017 Getty Dr. Travis Bradberry divulges the six ideologies that invariably maintain people back and provisions bullet-proof strategies to ensure you don’t succumb to them.

There is no sin in making a mistake. It’s what you say to yourself after you mess up that is important. Your self-talk (the expectations you have about your feelings) can either amplify the negativity or are contribute to changing that mistake into something productive.

Negative self-talk is unnecessary, unrealistic and self-defeating. It sends you onto a downward emotional path that is difficult to get out of.

All self-talk is driven by important ideas that you support about yourself. It plays an understated but powerful part in success because it can both spur you forward to achieve your goals and keep you back.

As Henry Ford announced,” He who believes he can and he who believes he cannot are both correct .”

TalentSmart has tested the psychological intelligence( EQ) of more than a million people and found that 90% of top performers are high in EQ. These successful, high-pitched EQ someones possess an important skill–the ability to recognize and control negative self-talk so that it doesn’t stop them from reaching their full potential. This is something many of them learned in emotional knowledge training.

These successful people give an average rate of $28,000 more annually than their low-spirited EQ peers, get promoted more frequently, and receive higher symbols on performance evaluations. The is connected with EQ and earnings is so target that every point increase in EQ includes $1,300 to an annual salary.

When it comes to self-talk, we’ve discovered six common, yet poisonous, ideas that harbour people back more than any others. Be is aware of your bias to succumb to these beliefs, so that they don’t derail your job 😛 TAGEND

Toxic Belief# 1: Perfection= Success

Human beings, by our very nature, are fallible. When perfection is your goal, you’re always left with a nagging sense of failing, and end up spending your time lamenting what the hell are you failed to accomplish, instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.

Toxic Belief# 2: My Destiny is Predetermined

Far too many people succumb to the highly irrational notion that they are destined to succeed or fail. Establish no mistake about it, your destiny is in your own hands, and accusing multiple success or loss on powers beyond your control is nothing more than a cop out. Sometimes life will deal you difficult cards to play, and others times you’ll be holding aces. Your willingness to give your all in playing any hand you’re regarding ascertains your ultimate success or collapse in life.

Toxic Belief# 3: I “Always” or “Never” Do That

There isn’t anything in life that you always or never do. You may do something a lot or not do something enough, but framing your demeanor in terms of “always” or “never” is a form of self-pity. It sees you believe that you have no restraint of yourself and will never change. Don’t succumb to it.

Toxic Belief# 4: I Succeed When Others Approve of Me

Regardless of what people think of you at any particular moment, one thing is certain [?] you’re never as good or bad as they say you are. It’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, but you can take people’s opinions with a grain of salt. That way , no matter what people think about you, your self-worth comes only from within.

Toxic Belief# 5: My Past= My Future

Repeated failings can deteriorate your self-confidence and make it hard to believe you’ll reach a better outcome in the future. Most of the time, these failures result from taking jeopardies and trying to achieve something that isn’t easy. Just be kept in mind that success lies in your ability to rise in the face of los. Anything worth reaching is going to require you to take specific risks, and you can’t allow failure to stop you from believes in your ability to succeed.

Toxic Belief# 6: My Spirits= Reality

If you’ve read Emotional Intelligence 2.0, you know how to take an objective look at your apprehensions and separate information from story. If not, you might want to read it. Otherwise, your spirits will continue to skew your sense of world, representing you vulnerable to the negative self-talk that can hold you back from attaining your full potential.

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