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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Long Way Home for showing that getting
out of the prison camps was only a start of 40 miles of bad road.

The Long Way Home
For the Survivors of the Holocaust,
Liberation was Only the Beginning

The Long Way Home (1997) - 120 minutes
The Long Way Home at Amazon.com

This Academy Award ®-winning documentary examines the critical post-World War II period from 1945-1948 and the plight of tens of thousands of refugees who survived the Nazi Holocaust but whom most of the world left to fend for themselves. Their clandestine attempts to get to the Jewish homeland led to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and featuring the voices of Edward Asner, Sean Astin, Martin Landau, Miriam Margolyes, David Paymer and Nina Siemaszko.

8-30-19 Germany eases citizen rules for WW2 refugee descendants
Germany has enforced two decrees to help families of people who fled the Nazis to take up German citizenship, after a challenge by British descendants of Jewish refugees. Although anyone deprived of citizenship by the Nazis is entitled to have it restored, hundreds of applicants have fallen foul of exemptions in the law. Germany's interior minister said it had to live up to its responsibilities. The UK's planned exit from the EU has led to an increase in applications. As recently as 2015, only 43 descendants of Nazi refugees had applied for German citizenship, but that number swelled to 1,506 in 2016, Germany's DPA news agency reports. Most, but not all, are of Jewish heritage. Earlier this month, the BBC spoke to several people who had fought for German citizenship for years. Sally Morgan said she had been rejected because her request was based on her mother being German, and not her father. For years, a child born to a married couple could only apply if their father was German, not their mother. The law was changed but only dated back to 1953. Jacqueline Boronow-Danson had tried for five years to obtain citizenship but said she had been turned down as she was adopted. Jewish descendants challenge German government Under under Article 116 of Germany's Basic Law, anyone who had their citizenship taken away during the 12 years of Nazi rule from 30 January 1933 to 8 May 1945 "on political, racial, or religious grounds may have their citizenship restored". But there were several exclusions. Some applicants were turned down because they had lost their citizenship before officially having it removed by the Nazis under the Reich Citizens Act of 25 November 1941.

6-23-19 Holocaust survivors: The families that weren’t meant to live
A group of Holocaust survivors and their families gather in Prague’s Old Town Square to recreate a photo that was taken in 1945, when the survivors had just been liberated from Nazi concentration camps. The survivors were part of a group of children flown to the UK to start new lives after World War Two. Unlike the Kindertransport - which rescued thousands of children in the early years of the war - this group had been through the concentration camps and survived against all odds. BBC reporter Hannah Gelbart, a granddaughter of one of the survivors, tells the story of the orphaned children who had everything taken from them, and re-built their lives together.

The Long Way Home
For the Survivors of the Holocaust,
Liberation was Only the Beginning

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Long Way Home for showing that getting
out of the prison camps was only a start of 40 miles of bad road.