Jewish people handed anti-semitic fliers in eastern Ukraine pushing them to register or be deported

U.S. State Department denounces leaflets

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- - Is it a real demand or an ugly hoax?

Worldwide outrage erupted on Thursday over a leaflet reportedly telling Jews to register with pro-Russian sympathizers in eastern Ukraine. 

"In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it's grotesque," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Holocaust survivors in South Florida are now reacting the possibility the leaflet could be a reality.

Not a day goes by where Irene Zisblatt does not think about how she survived the Holocaust.

Her painful memories of genocide and the concentration camp she escaped now being relived in a piece of paper.

"It's the same thing that Hitler did. Hitler came into my town and I was only a little girl. I was nine-years-old," said Zisblatt.

The leaflet Zisblatt is referring to was said to have been handed out to Jews as they left a synagogue in East Ukraine.

It require Jewish people to register, list their property and pay a fine. If they do not, they would face deportation.

"Once you let it grow, it will grow so big you won't be able to stop it," said Zisblatt.

The situation is now catching world-wide attention after this Ukrainian newspaper posted the story on its website. Some now question the legitimacy of the leaflet, suggesting it could be a sick joke or a political stunt.

"You have to immediately investigate it. Immediately stop it. Whether it's a hoax, make sure it is. And if it's not, stop it anyway," said Zisblatt.

As she boarded a plane headed for Ukraine, Congresswoman Lois Frankel commented about the situation via Facetime.

"It's actually disgusting and it really reaffirms why it's so critical to stabilize the situation and return order to Ukraine," said Frankel.

Her trip to Ukraine is somewhat classified but Frankel said the leaflet is now a priority.

"You have to speak out. No matter what you do, it's better than being silent. Silence is your worst enemy because I've seen what silence has done," said Frankel.

The U.S. State Department is now investigating the leaflet.

 


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