Houston woman (White Feminist, White Idiot) graduating from medical school plans to ‘wed’ her diploma

HOUSTON – A Houston woman graduating from medical school this year plans to marry her diploma.

Angie Hamouie, 27, is graduating from the University of Texas Medical School on May 13, and she’s planning a gradu-wedding.

Hamouie told Cosmopolitan magazine she plans wear an ivory dress, walk into her reception with the framed diploma, toss a bouquet, and even “feed (her diploma) cake.”

The event is expected to cost around $3,000, but her family is helping cover costs, Cosmopolitan reports.

Hamouie will soon move to Washington D.C. to start her Georgetown Ob-Gyn residency.

She told Cosmopolitan the medical school graduation — and the culmination of nine years of higher education — was just as important a milestone as marriage.

“I worried that folks wouldn’t take my party seriously because it was ‘only’ a graduation,” Hamouie told Cosmopolitan.

She acknowledged that not everyone might understand the idea: “For anyone who thinks the graduwedding idea is nuts, I say of course it is!” she said. “I shouldn’t have to pretend I’m marrying a piece of paper to convince folks that this achievement is a big deal. The goal of the graduwedding is to make people pause to think why we don’t celebrate graduations as big as weddings, even though they represent so much.”

Hamouie has a graduwedding website with all the details of her event, and is asking that instead of gifts, guests donate to kids’ education causes.


How an Israeli model became a Melania Trump impersonator

NEW YORK (JTA) —Dressed up in the right outfit and with her makeup done a certain way, Mira Tzur says she gets stopped on the street by people who mistake her for Melania Trump.

It’s easy to see why. Although their facial features are distinct, the two women share the same shiny brown hair, taut skin and slim physiques.

The similarities don’t end there.

“I relate to her on many levels,” said Tzur, an Israeli-born model and actress who now books several gigs per month impersonating the first lady.

Tzur lists their shared qualities as if reading from a mental list: Both have the same initials, both are immigrants from small countries, both have worked as models and both speak several languages (Tzur speaks English, Hebrew and Arabic fluently, in addition to some Yiddish and French. Trump speaks English, French, Italian, German, Serbo-Croatian and Slovene). They also each have one son, Tzur noted to JTA over coffee at a small café here, pulling out her phone to show several old photos of her boy with a resemblance to Trump’s son, Barron.

Tzur, 45, booked her first lookalike gig by chance after a photographer connected her with the celebrity impersonator John Di Domenico, who was looking for someone to play Melania next to his Donald. The two did a video in which Tzur quietly looks on as Di Domenico directs traffic in a New York intersection.

“We’re going to make traffic great again in New York,” Di Domenico says in the video, gesturing and pursing his lips in a distinctly Trump style.

From there things picked up.

Appearances at private events across the country, segments on Australian and British TV channels, and an interview in a Slovenian documentary about Melania Trump have kept her so busy that she had to hire an agent just for booking the impersonation appearances.

Tzur says she has done over 20 gigs as the first lady following the election, averaging about $3,000 per appearance. Meanwhile Di Domenico, who has been impersonating the real estate mogul since 2004, told The Daily Mail that he charges up to $10,000 for his appearances.

Transforming into Trump is a complex task, Tzur says.

She has tried to dye her hair color to match that of the first lady, though she says she hasn’t quite got it right. (Tzur is hoping an upcoming visit to Trump’s hairstylist will fix that.) During her gigs, Tzur dons contact lenses — transforming her eyes from green to blue — does her makeup similar to the first lady and wears clothing that resembles outfits that Trump has worn. Plus, ahead of any appearance, she reads up on current events and the first lady’s recent public appearances.

Tzur is even planning a web series in which she will portray Trump doing everyday activities such as yoga and cooking. She says she is debating naming it “Miralania” or “Jewlania” — a “Jewish twist on Melania.”

Tzur, who grew up in Herzliya, has an impressive entertainment career in her own right. At 19, she arrived in New York to pursue a dancing career after serving as a counterintelligence officer in the Israel Defense Forces. She has since worked as a model, actress, producer and fitness trainer.

In her 20s, she performed as a dancer in Monte Carlo’s royal theater alongside stars such as Elton John and Liza Minelli, and in front of the king of Morocco. She has appeared in commercials and ad campaigns, and had minor roles in TV series (notably “30 Rock”) and films (“The Devil Wears Prada).” She also founded her own production company, One Circle Productions. In 2012 she produced, with Broadway actress Tovah Feldshuh in the director’s chair, “Women’s Minyan,” a play that explores the struggle of a haredi Orthodox woman ostracized by her community for leaving her abusive husband.

Though it’s mostly Trump supporters who book her to impersonate the first lady, Tzur says she isn’t trying to make a political statement.

Still, she adds, not everyone agrees.

“I lost many friends because I became Melania for a second and a half,” she said. “My agents were just like, ‘I can’t believe you’re doing that.’

“First of all I’m an actress — they don’t give a hard time to Alec Baldwin,” she said, referring to the actor’s portrayal of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.” “It’s a role that I choose to play. Even when I do that, I try to keep it very neutral and politically correct. I don’t want to hurt anyone. And besides, he is my president, whether I chose it or not.”

Tzur, who became a U.S. citizen in 1996, didn’t in fact choose Trump — or his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

“I tend not to vote because — it’s weird, I’m not religious at all — but I really wanted God to decide for me,” she said. “I want people not to take my advice because then nobody is going to vote, and that’s not right. But for me it works.”

Tzur came to the president’s defense when asked about his comments on immigrants and the 2005 audio in which he can be heard bragging about sexually assaulting women. She says she supports his tough stance on illegal immigration and praised Melania Trump’s dismissal of the 2005 comments as “boy talk.

Tzur even met Melania and Donald Trump five years ago, at a New Year’s Eve party at Trump’s country club in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, which the now-president has referred to as his “Southern White House.”

“She was lovely, she’s a wonderful woman,” Tzur said of Melania Trump.

In addition to their looks and multilingualism, the two women likely share one more thing: the hope that the president won’t say anything too controversial.

“When he’s pissing off people,” Tzur said, “the phone is not ringing.”

Diehard O’Reilly Fans Are Boycotting Fox News for Letting the Embattled Host Go


Following a steady stream of sexual harassment lawsuits, Fox News revealed Wednesday that Bill O’Reilly would not be returning to “The O’Reilly Factor” after his vacation ends later this month.

Due to his longstanding reputation as the king of cable news, the bombshell announcement has left loyal viewers infuriated. O’Reilly ‘Factor’ fans are even “threatening to boycott Fox News as a form of protest,” announced Young Turks guest commentator Hannah Cranston on Thursday.

Fans have now “taken their concerns to Facebook [though] Fox News’ Facebook hasn’t actually addressed the issue yet,” Cranston noted, before reading some of her favorites.

“Sorry, but as a [woman], I know far [too] well what the thought of dollars does to some and face it, men with cash and position will get hit, so get the facts, admit [you’re] wrong, take him back, or sink into the sh*thole CNN is in. Y’all deserve each other,” one respondent advised.

“I wonder if [she] really thought she is pro-women, or is she like, no, women are terrible, I know because as a woman I know there’s a lot of money-grubbing people out there,” “Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur wondered in response.

He connected the sentiment with that of many women he’s interviewed on the campaign trail who were vehemently opposed to Hillary Clinton for one specific reason.

“There were women saying, we can’t have a woman president, that is dangerous,” Uygur pointed out. Therefore, the woman who posted on Facebook “might either be like, ‘yea, that’s awesome, men are better than us’ or she might actually think that she is a champion of women and other women are just looking for cash.”


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

Disney Jews Runs ‘Shutterbug’ Surveillance Psyops on Little Children
By Torchy Blane of The New Nationalist

For several years, (((Disney))) Junior has been running mind-numbing psychological operations on children for the Crime Syndicate. A prime example is the creation of a hideous character called “Special Agent Oso.” Oso has a shutterbug who flies around as a small drone surveilling and spying on little kids. The intruder has a ladybug-shaped robotic camera that “keeps an eye out for children who need help.” The result is pure creepiness, as it depicts Shutterbug entering children’s rooms, taking pictures of them and sending back the data to a satellite in space. Nothing to see here, move along?

This is all set to harmonized, cute singing and lyrics that could best be described as New Age children’s music.

She’s on the lookout, camera’s ready have no doubt
When there’s a problem, she’s right there, no need to shout
She’s always in flight, on the case both day and night
Sending the picture right up to the satellite

This type of music and lyrics should set off alarm bells, but instead it works to normalize brainwashing so that the child and their gullible parents are indoctrinated to associate a spy drone as something friendly and cute. This is a form of very sick black magic.

But it is not just the Crime Syndicate (CS) operatives who have access to Shutterbug drone spies. The general public can avail itself to them as well. Talk about the ultimate peeping Tom. Now pervs worldwide can sit in their underwear and observe you in the comfort of their own home. And if peeping Toms have this technology, just imagine the advanced technology to which CS operatives have access. Here are the top five drones on the market for 2017. Note that several are quite small and camouflaged.

This article originally appeared on The New Nationalist and was republished here with permission.

New Prince Music Being Released Nearly One Year After His Death

Prince, 2007

AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

Turn up the nearest speakers Prince fans, because new music is here.

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the iconic singer’s passing, RMA has released a new song titled “Deliverance” on iTunes and Apple Music.

The track is part of a special six-song EP titled DELIVERANCE that will be available this coming Friday. The EP disc version will also be released nationwide on June 2.

According to a press release, the six songs were recorded in the studio between 2006 and 2008 when Prince was an independent artist. The majority of sales will benefit Prince’s estate.

“I believe ‘Deliverance’ is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing. I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many,” Paisley Park engineer Ian Boxill shared in a statement. “Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public.”

He continued, “When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”

The anniversary comes just a few weeks after Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson appeared on the ABC special, People Icons: Gone Too Soon. During the interview, she claims that the “Little Red Corvette” singer predicted his death.

“About three years ago he called. He said, ‘I think I’ve done everything I’ve come to do,'” Tyka claimed. “My dad and Prince always spoke in these types of riddles. He knew [he was going to die soon]. And he was preparing me. It’s very clear.”

On April 21, 2016, Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park compound. In June, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that the singer died of an accidental overdose.

Netflix on the verge of hitting 100 million subscribers

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix is on the verge of surpassing 100 million global subscribers, a testament to how much the video streaming service has changed the entertainment landscape since its debut a decade ago.

The company will reach that milestone this weekend if its projections are correct. It made the prediction Monday with the release of its first-quarter earnings.

The service added nearly 5 million subscribers during the first three months of the year and will end March with 98.7 million customers in roughly 190 countries.

Over the past decade, ‘‘what really did it for Netflix was the explosion of phones and tablets that allowed people to watch video everywhere,’’ said Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. ‘‘But Netflix clearly had a vision before those devices became so ubiquitous.’’




Comedians regularly come under fire for jokes which seem tasteless, offensive or “too soon.” But where are the red lines? It it possible to make humor about one of the most horrible atrocities in human history?

These are the questions director Ferne Pearlstein asks in her newest documentary, The Last Laugh, which will premier on US public television next Monday. The film, which opened in theaters in New York and LA last month, features an all-star cast of comedians discussing the taboos of Holocaust humor.


While the movie’s premise is a jarring thought for many, it is handled with sensitivity and thoughtfulness, provoking discussion as opposed to offering answers.

“The Holocaust itself is not funny, there’s nothing funny about it,” said comedian and director Rob Reiner. “But survival and what it takes to survive – there can be humor in that.”

Filmmaker Mel Brooks, known for The Producers – the film and later Broadway show satirizing Hilter – echoed Reiner.

“Anything I could do to deflate Germans, anything, I did,” he said. But he always stopped short of other Holocaust humor, though he didn’t castigate those who did not.

“Comedy puts light onto darkness, and darkness can’t live where there’s light,” said Sarah Silverman, who offered some of the most jolting humor in the film. “So that’s why it’s important to talk about things that are taboo.”

From Reiner and Brooks to Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeff Ross, Judy Gold, Susie Essman and more, a wide range of comedians offer differing viewpoints.

But none have the impact of the comments from Holocaust survivors Renee Firestone and Robert Clary, who were both imprisoned at concentration camps and who both lost most of their immediate family members.

One of the film’s most poignant moments involves the pair of them arguing about being cremated once they die. Firestone is horrified by the idea, but Clary insists it is what he wants. “The rabbi told me, ‘You cannot do that,'” he said. “‘What about my parents?’ And that cut him down.”

Firestone serves as a moral compass of sorts throughout the film, scoffing at some jokes she deems unfunny, and providing chilling testimony of her own experiences.

While laughing, she recounts meeting with the infamous Dr. Mengele at Auschwitz.

“‘If you survive this war, you really ought to have your tonsils removed,’” he told her. “Is he insane? Tomorrow I may die, I’m worried about my tonsils?”

The comedians debate some intriguing topics, including if it is “too soon” to make jokes about the Holocaust.

“Time makes a difference,” said Essman. “Obviously, nobody cares if you do inquisition jokes.”

But for Gottfried, “Somebody once said tragedy plus time equals comedy. And I always said, ‘why wait?'”

The comedians also discuss the ability to poke humor at a much more recent atrocity: September 11. Many agreed with Gottfried’s feeling that, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, they felt there will “never be comedy again.”

Other figures weigh in alongside comedians, including the ADL’s Abe Foxman, Israeli novelist Etgar Keret and Roz Weinman, former head of standards and practices at NBC.

Weinman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, laments one of her decisions, which allowed the now-famed “Soup Nazi” story line on Seinfeld.

“I think the notion of ‘Nazi’ being used as a very mild pejorative does trivialize that experience,” she said. “And I had no clue at the time that that would enter the lexicon the way that it has.”

The film offers no conclusions, content with provoking thought and offering varied ideas on such sensitive matters.

No moment was more sobering than watching Firestone in a gondola ride in Las Vegas with fellow survivor Elly Gross.

“Always I remember the children screaming… the selection… You cannot forget!” Gross says.

But Firestone interjects:”You cannot live in the shadow of those cries. You have to remember it. But you cannot live in those shadows.”

“I don’t live in the shadow, but the shadow is following me all of my life,” Gross replies.

“You know I speak about the Holocaust all the time, but I enjoy life,” Firestone says. “I’m so happy that I have three great grandchildren. Could Hitler imagine that I will survive and have three great-grandchildren? I mean, that’s my revenge.”

Dr Phil Canceled After Exposing Elite Pedophile Ring
Dr Phil is being punished for exposing the elite pedophile ring on mainstream tv, as powerful people demand the show be taken off air.

Weeks after shocking the world by exposing the elite pedophile ring on mainstream television, Dr Phil has been canceled by Dutch Media RTL, with production insiders warning many territories are under intense pressure from powerful people to cancel the show. 

Dr Phil has a target on his head now. They are going to destroy him and the show,” the production assistant said.

Dutch Media RTL, which has broadcast Dr Phil for 15 years, is the first territory to bow to pressure and cancel the show.

Brave Dr. Phil exposed the crimes of an elite government pedophile ring to millions of viewers across the United States during the episode in question, after interviewing a former child sex slave called ‘Kendall’.

Kendall, who was repeatedly sexually abused as a young child, detailed her life growing up as a sex slave to an elite pedophile ring to a stunned audience.

As more and more Americans are beginning to wake up to the fact that high-level government officials routinely sexually abuse children, Dr. Phil helped bring the issue to the attention of an even bigger audience.

Now he is being punished for it.

Thefreethoughtproject reports: Kendall explains that she was born to be a sex slave, as her parents intentionally had her for the trafficker she calls her “owner.” Kendall says that her parents sold her at birth to an elite pedophile ring that serviced some of the world’s power elite, describing her first memories as being passed around groups of rich and prominent men and women for them to “take turns” with her for sadistic sexual pleasure.

Making her first public appearance after escaping from the man she calls her “owner,” Kendall describes being forced to participate in actions that shock the conscience. She explains that she was forced to rape children as young as 5- years-old, and even admits to having been forced to kill a baby by the human trafficker she describes as her “owner.”

Kendall says that she can tell the difference between kids born into sexual slavery and ones that have been kidnapped, as the ones born into it are more docile and less upset as it is the only reality they have ever known.

When Dr. Phil asks how old she thinks she was when she was first raped, Kendall explains that it was “before I could talk – I was used to it by the time I was 2.”

She says she doesn’t even know her actual age, as she has been a sex slave her entire life, being trafficked around the globe to be molested and raped by the societal elites – including high ranking law enforcement official, major sports franchise owners and even high level U.S. politicians.

She describes having birthed 3 children while in captivity, all of which have been taken from her by her owner/trafficker, and are believed by Kendall to now be child sex slaves themselves.

“I was allowed to get pregnant, because men paid for that,” Kendall said.

Kendall notes that the pedophiles she came into contact with over the years were extremely wealthy – often “pillars of the community” – with some even owning private islands or large pieces of land.

“They would buy us just to hunt us,” she said.

She recalls one of her most fearful memories was that of the pedophiles hosting a “hunting party” on one of their large private plots of lands, making numerous children run and hide in fear, as they were the “prey” to be hunted. The pedophiles would then hunt the children as they ran and hid in fear – raping and torturing them when they were captured.

The activities described by this woman are so profoundly disturbing they can be almost hard to believe, but Dr. Phil confirms that his team not only investigated Kendall’s case for four months, but also consulted with law enforcement experts who confirmed her story. Dr. Phil said he “100% believes” that she is telling the truth.

[President Trump Announces Elite Pedophile Ring Investigation]

In a damning indictment of the power-elite, Kendall described how the pedophile politicians would adorn her in designer clothes, well groomed hair and makeup to give the appearance of class and sophistication. She explains that she and other children were often hung from cages suspended from the ceiling, and that they were often drugged before being transported in the darkness of night.

She claims that she was trafficked to pedophile politicians, and taken to political parties attended by high-level politicians who used her for their personal pleasure. The politicians always took great care to hide what they were doing, according to Kendall, who confirmed that there are many elite U.S. politicians that have been engaged in raping children for many years — a reality that has consistently been covered up and completely hidden from voters.

Perhaps the reason these crimes have been so steadfastly hidden from public view, is that high-level law enforcement officials have also been implicated as being part of the elite pedophile network.

[Trey Gowdy Fights Tears As He Vows To Destroy Elite Pedophile Ring]

This is just the latest case to emerge in what is now being called #PedoGate. #PedoGate refers to an international pedophile ring composed of politicians and other high profile societal elites.

New film on Nazi occupation of Channel Islands prompts disquieting questions for Brits


LONDON — When the Germans invaded the Channel Islands in June 1940, at least one resident was determined to show that she would not be intimidated. The ruler of Sark, Dame Sibyl Hathaway, received two German officers at her residence, making them walk the length of a long drawing room to greet her.

“You are not afraid?” one of them asked.

“Is there any need to be afraid of German officers?” she responded in perfect German.

Sark is one of the small cluster of islands — an archipelago which includes Jersey, Guernsey, and Alderney — which lie in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. Semi-independent, they were nonetheless the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Nazis.

Hathaway’s actions appeared to encapsulate what one observer later termed the “icy contempt” shown by the Channel Islanders towards their occupiers. She served as an example of the indomitable British spirit which led the country to stand alone against Hitler in the summer of 1940.

Some of the islanders paid a high price for their refusal to buckle under the Nazi jackboot. Few more so than Louisa Gould, a Jersey shopkeeper who perished in the gas chambers at Ravensbruck after the Germans discovered she had been sheltering an escaped Russian prisoner of war, one of the thousands forced to work in slave labor camps building concrete fortifications which still stand today.

Last week, “Another Mother’s Son,” which tells the story of Gould’s heroism, opened in cinemas throughout the United Kingdom. Her motivations for helping Feodor Burriy, a young man in his 20s, were simple.

Having lost one of her sons serving in the Royal Navy, she explained to a friend, “I had to do something for another mother’s son.”

But while Gould’s bravery was not unique, there is another, darker side to the story of the occupation, one in which the fate of the islands’ small Jewish population figures prominently. It is a story, moreover, which presents possibly uncomfortable answers to one of the great “what ifs” of Britain’s recent past: How would its people have behaved had the Swastika flown over London?

Cover of 'SS-GB' by Len Deighton. (Courtesy)

It is a subject which intrigues the media and historians. Last month, the BBC screened a five-part television adaptation of Len Deighton’s dystopian novel “SS-GB.” The Channel Islands’ experience suggests Britain may have displayed the same messy attributes — sullen acceptance by the majority, collaboration and courageous resistance by others — as their continental neighbors.

Much of the Channel Islands’ Jewish population had left for the British mainland prior to the Germans’ arrival. With Churchill’s war cabinet having decided that they were both indefensible and strategically unimportant, the islands had been demilitarized and a voluntary evacuation carried out in the fortnight before the first Luftwaffe planes landed on June 30, 1940.

Not a shot was fired and there were none of the atrocities which accompanied the Nazis’ march through Eastern Europe. Instead, as in France, the Germans sought to co-opt the assistance of the existing island authorities to help oil the wheels of the occupation. They were to find willing accomplices.

But while Hathaway found the sound of the Germans wiping their feet on her doormat reassuring — a possible indication of their civility, she later recalled thinking — the Jews of Guernsey and Jersey soon found their fears about the islands’ new masters amply justified.

Dame Sibyl Hathaway speaking to German soldiers circa May 15, 1945. (Public domain)

Barely three months after the onset of the occupation, the Nazis demanded the first anti-Jewish measures: anybody with more than two Jewish grandparents was defined as a Jew; all Jews were to be registered; and businesses owned by Jews were to be clearly marked as a “Jewish undertaking.”

None of that was surprising; more so was the manner in which the Channel Island authorities raised no objections. There was but one honorable exception. Sir Abraham Lainé, a member of the Guernsey parliament, refused to vote for the measures when they were presented to the Royal Court. Ambrose Sherwill, the island’s bailiff and president of the Controlling Committee which was the main point of contact between the Germans and the Channel Islands’ governments, later wrote of his shame at his failure to object, while defending his inaction on the basis that he believed all the Jews had already been evacuated.

Some Jews correctly sensed the impending danger and decided not to register. Others complied. Twelve Jews registered in Jersey, and a further five in Guernsey. As Madeline Bunting — whose 1995 book, “The Model Occupation,” delved into the murky story — suggested, “Their trust in the island authorities and their desire to be law abiding unwittingly led them into a noose which grew tighter.”

Further measures were soon announced. Businesses owned by Jews — including those who had already left the islands — were “Aryanized” and sold to non-Jews. Jews were barred from many jobs, had their radios confiscated, were banned from entering public buildings and were only allowed into shops for an hour in the afternoon.

At each stage, the Channel Islands’ leaders received the Germans’ orders without protest, passed them down the chain of command, and then faithfully reported back once they had been implemented. Indeed, as one expert on the occupation has argued, the official in Jersey who was chiefly responsible for enforcing the anti-Jewish measures, Chief Aliens Officer Clifford Orange, displayed “a troubling tendency… to overdo his job.”

Tragedy inevitably followed. In the spring of 1942, the Germans demanded the Guernsey government hand over three foreign Jews on the island: Therese Steiner and Auguste Spitz, who were born in Austria, and Marianne Grunfeld, who was Polish.

A German soldier guarding the Atlantic Wall in the Channel Islands during WWII. (Getty images/iStock)

Delivered to the Nazis by the local Guernsey police, the three women were taken to France and murdered at Auschwitz within weeks.

The following year, many of the remaining Jews were deported as part of a wider transportation ordered by Hitler in revenge for a British commando raid on Sark.

With one exception, these Jews were not separated from their fellow Channel Islanders and spent the rest of the war in internment camps in France and Germany, thus allowing them to escape the fate of Steiner, Spitz and Grunfeld. Nonetheless, the persecution of the Channel Island Jews exacted a heavy toll. Victor Emmanuel committed suicide during the war; Nathan Davidson was admitted to a Jersey mental hospital in 1943 and died shortly afterwards; Samuel Simon was found dead of a suspected heart attack the night before he was due to be deported.

German soldiers standing at an intersection in Jersey during the WWII occupation of the Channel Islands. (Public domain)

After their liberation in 1945, a silence fell over the islands about many of the inconvenient truths of the occupation. That silence lasted decades. Not until the early 1990s were files in London and Guernsey about the events of the war years finally opened.

In 1995, documents belonging to Clifford Orange were discovered in Jersey’s state archives and released. However, the grim realities were known to the government in London soon after the islands’ liberation.

In August 1945, a British intelligence report stated, “When the Germans proposed to put their anti-Jewish measures into force, no protest whatever was raised by any of the Guernsey officials and they hastened to give the Germans every assistance.” The author went on to note that, by contrast, there were considerable efforts made to protect the islands’ Freemasons.

No Channel Islanders were prosecuted for collaboration. Not Victor Carey, the baliff of Guernsey, who described the British military as “enemy forces” and offered £25 rewards to informers who betrayed those who daubed the V sign — a symbol of resistance — on buildings. Not John Leale, a Methodist minister who succeeded Sherwill as president of the Controlling Committee, and passed along the names of Jews collected by Carey’s police to the Germans. Nor Alexander Coutanche, Carey’s opposite number in Jersey, who claimed for years that the Channel Islands’ Jews had not suffered, but whose annotations on the Germans’ orders indicated his complicity.

No Channel Islanders were prosecuted for collaboration

“At the liberation,” believed Carey’s grandson, “the government didn’t know whether to hang my grandfather for treason, or knight him.”

It soon came to a decision. Carey, Coutanche and Jersey’s attorney general, Duret Aubin, all received honors. Their defenders claimed the authorities acted as a “buffer” between the Germans and the local population, but it was a buffer which was to offer little protection to Jews or, indeed, the 1,200 English-born islanders who were deported to internment camps.

Resistance was not easy. There was one German soldier for every three inhabitants, but small, unorganized and often symbolic acts of opposition to the Nazis did occur.

A banner of Albert Bedane flying in St. Helier on the 60th anniversary of Jersey's liberation from the Nazis. (Public domain)

Some were more significant than others. Albert Bedane was honored by Yad Vashem in 2000 for sheltering a Dutch Jew, Mary Richardson, in the cellar of his home in St. Helier for over two years.

Last year, Dorothea Weber, was similarly honored. Hedwig Bercu, a Jewish Austrian who faked her own death, secretly lived with Weber from 1943 until the islands’ liberation. Their story has two curious twists. Weber was married to an Austrian refugee who was conscripted into the German army. The two women were aided by a German soldier, Kurt Ruemmele, who smuggled food to them. After the war, Bercu followed Ruemmele to Britain where he was interned as a prisoner of war. They later married and raised a family in Germany.

Many islanders, of course, could not conceive of the Nazis’ murderous intentions towards the Jews.

As Barbara Newman, who walked with Therese Steiner to Guernsey’s capital on the day of her deportation, later remarked, “Things like that don’t happen in England.”

Comedian Charlie Murphy Dies at 57

The ‘Chappelle’s Show’ star died from leukemia on Wednesday.

Charlie Murphy, the former Chappelle’s Show star and Eddie Murphy’s older brother, has died, publicist Domenick Nati told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 57.

Murphy died from leukemia on Wednesday, said Nati.

“Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie,” the Murphy family said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”

Murphy became a household name through Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central skit show thanks to his amazing stories of interactions with other celebrities during the height of his brother’s fame in the 1980s. The most popular short turned into a skit was about the late musician Rick James.

Concerning his friendship with James, Murphy once said there were way more wild tales to tell, but they would never had made TV.

“He went there, where I was like, ‘Yo, Rick, you took the shit too far.’ And his response, ‘There’s no such place. Darkness, let’s go to the abyss!'” Murphy once said on a Chappelle’s Show outtake. “I don’t want to go the the abyss, man. Rick wants to go to the abyss. In fact, he dwells in the abyss. And he wants company sometimes, and for some reason, he likes to reach out for me. And I’m not with it. And that’s when we would end up tussling.”

The comedian’s Twitter account sent a final note Tuesday evening that read: “One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.”

“You’ll be missed but never forgotten,” fellow Chappelle’s Show actor and good friend Donnell Rawlings said in an Instagram post featuring an image of the two together. “Charlie was a lion. It’s time for Darkness to see the light.”

Murphy also appeared in numerous movies, TV shows and even lent his voice to some video games.

The actor and comedian was on record as saying he was a hothead when he worked as a bodyguard for his famous brother. He said he loved Eddie so much, and thought he was so funny, that he would pick fights with people who did not laugh at his brother’s jokes when he performed.

“It was to the point that, if I went to a show and you were the hater in the audience that was like, ‘That shit wasn’t funny,’ POW! I’m jamming you, man,” Murphy once said. “Because the shit was funny. There was 10,000 people laughing, and you that one joker that wanna try and squeeze a lemon. F— you. I don’t even want you to be there. And I took it as a personal crusade, and they were like, ‘You know what, you’re a little overzealous with your job.’ So, that is how I ended up not doing that anymore.”

Murphy is also remembered for his amazing tale about the late legendary musician Prince, which was made into a skit for Chappelle’s Show. Murphy said he and some friends played basketball against Prince and his entourage one night in the 1980s. Murphy said he was shocked at how good the musician was at the game. Afterward, Prince made everyone pancakes. He was on record saying the story was true, even the breakfast.

“We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time. Charlie Murphy RIP,” Chris Rock wrote on Twitter. Mogul Russell Simmons tweeted: “Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed. Damn I loved Charlie Murphy.”

“Terribly saddened … Charlie,” comedian Paul Mooney wrote.

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