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An 87-Year-Old Concentration Camp Survivor Among Those DOJ Charged for Protesting Abortion Clinic

An 87-Year-Old Concentration Camp Survivor Among Those DOJ Charged for Protesting Abortion Clinic

Yes, let’s lock up a concentration camp survivor for a peaceful protest and keep ignoring those who vandalized and terrorize Catholic churches and pregnancy centers.

What the heck?

I wrote about the DOJ charging peaceful protesters at a Tennessee abortion clinic in 2021 for supposedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

I also reminded you guys the FBI and DOJ consistently ignore the violence and terror caused by abortion-obsessed people toward Catholic churches and pregnancy centers.

Among those arrested and charged is Eva Edl, an 87-year-old concentration camp survivor. Live Action provided more information on her. What a fascinating and robust woman who endured and survived true evil:

Edl’s biography by James Johnston, “She Looks Like My Little Girl,” offers the testimony of a child of Danube-Swabian heritage — Yugoslavian by birth but German by heritage and language. Edl was just six years old when the Nazis invaded Yugoslavia and her family was safe in their rural home — until her father was taken by the Nazis.

After her father became ill and was put in an infirmary, he sent his family a letter urging them to flee because the Red Army was coming. But they did not escape in time. Edl says she and her family were dehumanized by the communists and targeted for genocide. At first, she and her siblings found safety with their grandmother who was Hungarian and therefore able to hide in plain sight. But soon, Edl’s mother was kidnapped to dig trenches for the war and her two older siblings were taken to a forced labor camp. As for Edl, she and her grandmother were put on a train to a concentration camp.

Edl’s bio explains further:

The Soviets and the Nazis had begun the war as allies, but when Hitler invaded Russia and slaughtered millions of civilians, the Russian lust for vengeance ran hot. Armed with the weapons and moral authority of the Grand Alliance, the Red Army invaded from the east, driving out the Nazis. Terror came in Stalin’s bloody wake.Hitler’s betrayal fueled a rage and a hatred against Germany that would flood Eastern Europe with the blood of the innocent and the cries of the violated for years.

Eva Edl and her people were called Danube-Swabians; they were Yugoslavian by birth but German by heritage and language. The new communist government first dehumanized her people in the law. Then, empowered by the Grand Alliance, they unleashed a violent, genocidal campaign against Eva and her people…

Unlike the Nazi concentration camps, the communist concentration camps did not shut down when the war ended. They were just getting started.

Eventually, she was rescued and immigrated to Austria and then the United States, where by that time, another genocide was occurring — the genocide of abortion. According to the bio on her website, “Eva felt the call of God to lay down her life to rescue unborn children, just as others laid down their life to rescue her.”

Edl previously told Live Action she found out about abortion clinics in 1988: “I said to my husband, ‘these are the death camps of America.’ I saw people sitting in front of abortion clinics in Atlanta, and I’ve been involved ever since.”

Authorities have arrested Edl “at least 46 times for blockading abortion facilities.”

The video of the 2021 Tennessee protest shows a peaceful event. They’re praying and talking to people. HORRIFYING. At the beginning of the video, the group spoke to one woman. They were not rude or violent. When the lady didn’t respond to their pleas, they left her alone. Instead, they offered to help the woman there to get an abortion. Compassion and understanding.

The abortion worker was obsessed with the people not wearing masks. *eye roll*

The FBI reportedly arrived at protester Chester Gallagher’s home with their “guns drawn” and went inside. Gallagher was not home.

Pro-life activist AJ Hurley told Live Action the FBI called the other people about the “arrest warrants and had to turn themselves in.”

Edl faces a year in prison and fines of up to $100,000.

The abortion clinic they protested is no longer in business thanks to SCOTUS overturning Roe v. Wade.


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It’s a federal law but a reasonable AG wouldn’t enforce it. Let state laws about blocking public access handle it.

    No disrespect meant: but you are behind the curve. This is about tyranny, not ‘resonable’ AGs. Merrick Garland is a maniac.

      More accurately, Garland is a political apparatchik whose zeal for serving his political masters in punishing their opponents is only exceeded by his incompetence at his official duties.

    Danny in reply to rhhardin. | October 17, 2022 at 2:41 am

    Peaceful protest isn’t what that law bans, that law bans preventing access which she didn’t do.

    It isn’t a constitutional law but even as written the AG is being a fascist not an unreasonable AG by applying it where it clearly doesn’t belong.

    Protests are not actually banned by the law in question.

The playbook is clear on this. Prepare for a coordinated DOJ/MSM smear campaign to blacken her name before she comes up on any charges.

Baby Lives Matter (BLM)

That said, never again, and again, and again.

Subotai Bahadur | October 15, 2022 at 7:43 pm

I hope she has children and grandchildren. With long memories.

Subotai Bahadur

    BierceAmbrose in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | October 16, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    Revolutionaries who live in the eternal timeless now don’t think the people they’d oppress will react to how far the targeted think it might go.

    Worse, they don’t notice when they’re making a family Legend of MeMaw story.

Come on, Man! Holocaust survivors do not fit the Narrative.

    Milhouse in reply to Romey. | October 15, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Sorry, she is not a Holocaust survivor. She’s a survivor of the post-War Soviet genocide of Germans. That was a terrible crime, but it was not the Holocaust and cannot be compared to it.

      Paddy M in reply to Milhouse. | October 15, 2022 at 10:16 pm

      The Great Picker of Nits has weighed in, LI. Milhouse, explain how the almighty gubmint is in the right here.

        Milhouse in reply to Paddy M. | October 16, 2022 at 10:35 am

        This is not a nit. The difference between the Holocaust and what the Soviets did to the Germans is vast and any comparison between the two is deeply offensive. It amounts to belittling the Holocaust, which is the next resort after denying it doesn’t work.

      healthguyfsu in reply to Milhouse. | October 16, 2022 at 12:42 am

      You realize that Stalin murdered far more people than Hitler, right?

      They weren’t all Jews but all lives matter (racist I know).

        Milhouse in reply to healthguyfsu. | October 16, 2022 at 10:42 am

        Stalin had much more time to do it in. Per year, Hitler was far deadlier.

        And like most mass-murderers, Stalin generally had reasons, even if they weren’t good ones. One of the main things that distinguish the Holocaust from just about any other mass-murder is that the Germans had no reason at all for it. The Jews were not their enemies; they had done nothing to them, were not threatening them, and had nothing they wanted. It was completely senseless, motivated only by pure and baseless hatred. Hatred for its own sake.

          All mass murder is senseless motivated by pure baseless greed the Young Turks, Hitlers, Stalin’s. Lenin’s Mao’s, Pol Pot’s, Mohmmed’s your Holocaust is not unique
          and not this issue here

      Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | October 16, 2022 at 4:00 am

      I submit that the Nazi Holocaust was not the worst atrocity in human history. I submit that once you get above Manson-level mass murder they are all equally bad.

      My real problem is that while nobody outside of Sandpoint Idaho is defending Naziism you can go to any college campus and find excuse makers for Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, and so on. So while we’re not in line for a repeat of the Nazi genocides, we are being set up for the commie ones.

      Milhouse, does it bother you that I’m just as outraged for the slaughter of the Hmong as I am for the Jews?

        Milhouse in reply to Arminius. | October 16, 2022 at 10:50 am

        It may not have been the worst atrocity in all of history, but it was the worst in the 20th century. It cannot be compared to the murder of the Hmong, for many reasons; not only the scale, and the industrial way it was done, but also that the communists had an actual reason to get rid of the Hmong, who were standing in their way and were a threat to their wish to rule all of SE Asia. The Jews were no threat to the Germans, and had no objection to their program of ruling all of Europe or the world.

          Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | October 16, 2022 at 6:03 pm

          “Stalin had much more time to do it in. Per year, Hitler was far deadlier.”

          How self-unaware can one man be? You’re. making my point.

          “the communists had an actual reason to get rid of the Hmong,”

          ‘Well then. reasons makes mass murder OK. I’m sure that the Hmong will feel a lot better for being targeted for extinction. Thanks for clearing that up.

          But, wait a sec. Didn’t some Austrian back in the early part of the 20th century write a book about reasons for killing Jews? I believe it’s a best seller on the West Bank. So, by your standards that made the genocide of the Jews OK.

          If anyone doesn’t know I’m being sarcastic they’re brain dead. Can someone who is sane explain Milhouse’s attempt at an argument. Apparently he’s saying it was Jim Dandy for the Bolsheviks to wipe out the Kulaks.

          I have issues.

          Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | October 16, 2022 at 6:15 pm

          “’Stalin had much more time to do it in. Per year, Hitler was far deadlier.’

          How self-unaware can one man be? You’re. making my point.'”

          The Western left will be making excuses for the CHICOMS forever. As they always have done for commies. The Western left giving the commies all the time in the world, as they’ve been doing since time immemorial, didn’t make Hitler more dangerous. It made the commies more deadly as they committed their mass murder with Western approval. They still are. Just ask a Uighur.

          Don’t you think it’s selfish to only care about genocide when it involves Jews? Does the phrase, “Never again” mean nothing to you?

          CincyJan in reply to Milhouse. | October 17, 2022 at 3:27 pm

          The Nazis claimed they did have reasons to exterminate the Jews, the most prominent one being associating Jews with support for Communism. I believe the leders of the German Communist party in the years following the Russian Revolution were mainly Jews. We probably don’t appreciate the trauma of the Russian Revolution, which was much closer to Germany than the US. In any case, the Nazi used this excuse and others as reasons for the holocaust. Also, I would like to point out that the Nazi concentration camps are believed to have exterminated 10-12 million people, of which half of them were Jews. So the Nazis were pretty blood thirsty and eager to exterminate any number of classifications of people (homosexuals, Gypsies, dissidents, etc.).

          What makes the Holocaust so horrifying, however defined, was not that it was an extermination, but that it was done by an educated, sophisticated, western nation with an affinity for the arts. The land of Goethe and Beethoven. People very much like us. Even better than us when it came to cultural achievements. It is shocking.

          And I don’t believe it has ever been fully explained. Or maybe we just don’t want to accept the explanation. The loss of WWI, the dissolution of the monarchy form of government, fear of communism, the hellish super inflation fueled by war reparations, all seem to have resulted in a desperate search for stability, whatever the cost. Civilization may be nothing more than a veneer we cling to as long as basic needs are met.

        Danny in reply to Arminius. | October 17, 2022 at 2:50 am

        Do you find excuses for them or do you find leftist professors comparing Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump to them?

        Most college students by the way have either never heard of those or consider them villains.

      You mean there are different levels of genocide and some are more abhorent than others?
      But probably not on an individual viewpoint

      And that is pertinent to the issue here how? She was not part of your Holocaust
      but only another people’s holocaust and how is that important?

      Danny in reply to Milhouse. | October 17, 2022 at 2:43 am

      Could you point out the part of the article that said Holocaust?

Nobody was charged for protesting an abortion clinic title of this piece is disingenuous gaslighting.

The indictees all commited the federal crime of forcibly obstructing a consenting adult from voluntarily enetering a medical clinic. The DOJ was correct in doing so.

    Paddy M in reply to Juris Doctor. | October 15, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    “Medical” clinic. Who’s gaslighting, JD?

    JackinSilverSpring in reply to Juris Doctor. | October 15, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    If the DOJ was just as diligent with those physically attacing antiabortion centers, you might have a point, but it isn’t, and so you don’t.

      Attacking anti-abortion centers is not a federal crime. It’s a state crime, and state authorities ought to be on it. However identifying who did those attacks is a problem. These people on the other hand did not hide their identity at all, so identifying them was never an issue.

        JackinSilverSpring in reply to Milhouse. | October 16, 2022 at 5:24 pm

        If the law asymmetric (it’s a federal crime to attack a abortion centers and not a federal crime to attack antiabortion centers) than you have made my case. It should either be a federal crime for both or a federal crime for neither.

    Olinser in reply to Juris Doctor. | October 15, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Pro tip, it’s not wise to tell lies when the article provides video of the actual event they claim is the crime.

    Nobody is ‘obstructing’ anybody, as you can clearly see from this video.

    Go spew your lies somewhere else.

      Milhouse in reply to Olinser. | October 15, 2022 at 10:13 pm

      Liar. What video? There is no video provided in this article, or in any article it links to.

      The RedState article linked to says “Activists simply stood in the hallway of an office building that is a shared common space for multiple medical offices. There they prayed and sang.” This link has a picture of the group, and they are completely blocking the hallway, exactly as the DOJ press release says they did.

      I see no reason to doubt the facts alleged by the DOJ. They committed the crime. I think they deserve a medal for it, because they’re moral heroes. In the future they will be admired, just like those who resisted the nazis. But legally they committed the crime, and it is a federal crime that they were well aware of, so the DOJ is within its rights to prosecute it.

        Paddy M in reply to Milhouse. | October 15, 2022 at 10:19 pm

        Mmmm, mmmmm. Milhouse loves the taste of that boot.

          Milhouse in reply to Paddy M. | October 16, 2022 at 10:51 am

          So you join Olinser’s LIES? There is no video. And all the accounts linked from here verify the DOJ version of events.

          He’s right about the law. It was legal then, too. Arms were confiscated, armed rebellion was crushed, “heroes” were celebrated, and the trains ran on time. No one protested Her Choice at the clinics or stations.

        Ironclaw in reply to Milhouse. | October 16, 2022 at 2:19 am

        The only reason I need to doubt anything from the DOJ is because they’ve become the Gestapo. Believe nothing until it is proven true.

    When the lady didn’t respond to their pleas, they left her alone. Instead, they offered to help the woman there to get an abortion
    What crime?

    Liars who are here to gaslight like Juris Doctor have very little if any value.

    They were outside singing and praying they did get arrested for that and you are a little piece of human excrement for defending that.

    If someone was as unjust to pieces of crap like you you would cry bloody murder you piece of trash.

JackinSilverSpring | October 15, 2022 at 8:32 pm

American STASI at work.

It looks like the nazis are having a second go at her.

What bugs me is that the FBI and AUSAs are always complaining about how busy they are and they the manpower or time to do the things they are supposed to do, like prosecute real crimes or actually do their job instead of trying to pawn it off on agency counsel and staff.

admires this woman’s commitment to her principles–object to the feds arriving with weapons drawn / deployed–wrong for so many reasons but clearly done to intimidate / terrorize otherwise peaceful citizens–there’s just no excuse for that sort of practice–to deliberately attempt to intimidate / terrorize a woman of her experience ( both with lawenforcement @ 46 arrests and life in general) is despicable–this “show of force” nonsense is dangerous for everyone–would predict sooner rather than later such practices will lead to injured / dead citizens and a whole bunch of fed casualties–the lot due to LE’s lack of common sense / decency and their apparent disrespect for ordinary citizens

Religion: morality in a universal frame, ethics its relativistic sibling, and law their politically consensual cousin. We live in a democratic/dictatorial regime. The wicked solution is Her Choice by way of force, and her Choice by way of State sanction. Never again, and again, and again.

Remember when the DoJ came down hard on BLM protestors blocking traffic and some cases even waving guns?

Neither do I.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to George S. | October 16, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I rather suspect that DoJ could not come down at all on BLM because it would violate either the actual or implied terms of BLM’s employment contract with DoJ.

    Subotai Bahadur

BierceAmbrose | October 16, 2022 at 4:50 pm

I’m not seeing any analytical breakdown from the legal eagles around here. Several assertions of crimes not convicted as fact, for example.

How about it — lay the game board out for us unfrocked;

— When does protesting become obstruction? Has anybody covered all the elements of that crime for this woman, this event, her group? Met their burden of proof?

— Why do facilities on this issue have a particular law just for them? Is that legal? Can I get a “don’t mess with my pizza place” law?

— 46 arrests. How many convictions? Anything gone through the whole appeal and review process?

— What’s the civil rights angle? When does arrest of protest become suppression of political speech?

The hair-splitting word spin in several comments is annoying. She was, indeed, arrested while protesting. Not “for” protest, but who says the charges are legit? Footnotes, n links on claims.

Whether an allowed protest, or obstruction is at issue, as far as I know. Arrests are not convictions; often vacated, and summary arrest as a form of extra-judicial punishment happens.

Can we hear from Andy Ngo about this? Plenty of violent protest where he’s working, shutting down access, obstructing walking and driving. How about a line-by-line comparison / contrast of Portland BLM vs. this woman and group: why one’s obstruction and the other isn’t, to start.

Maybe anti-abortion MeMaw should have brained someone with a drink bottle or lit some fires, then she’d get off.