NOT ONLY JEWS SUFFERED THE PERSECUTION OF THE NAZI REGIME

Nazism against Esperanto.

Some Nazi definitions:

"Esperanto: a world danger."

"The active Esperantists were almost by nature enemies of the State" (Heydrich, member of the SS),

Esperanto “is suitable for those incurable idiots, those mixers of European races."

"He (Zamenhof) aspired to achieve the world dominion [...] Through the world education, ideals, beliefs and purpose, he would have gradually led the peoples to a general mess."

There is a long list of Esperantists who suffered in prison and concentration camps (including the children of Zamenhof), they were arrested, searched and tortured.

In June 1944 Gustav Weber, leader of the International Esperanto League Delegation, was arrested by the Gestapo. "He was sent to Mauthausen concentration camp where even the SS officers couln’t believe that the only reason for his arrest was being an esperantist."

 

Reactions to Esperanto:

"Esperanto was helpful: it gave someone the chance to escape from political persecution"

"Among the group of GLEA Berlin (German ed Esperanto workers association) arose a group of anti-fascist resistance that survived until 1944."

"In Denmark, some Jewish families, threatened with deportation, could be warned in time, thanks to a secret telephone line that a German esperantist soldier constructed between the site of the Chief of the German State and a house of a Danish esperantist friend, which permitted to listen to the conversations that took place at the headquarters of the General Staff.”


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