Esther Lederman is a 93-year-old Chapel Hill resident, Holocaust survivor and author of "Hiding for our Lives." Senior Writer Erik Beene talked with her about her thoughts on the in Chapel Hill Silent Sam protests and other recent events.
Daily Tar Heel: From your personal experiences, what are your thoughts on the recent events that happened in Charlottesville?
Esther Lederman: Well this reminded me very unfortunately of about happenings in Germany in the 1930s. It started with mobs. It started with appealing to the lowest human instincts and of course these instincts always have followers because they are so brilliant. It sounded frighteningly familiar and I’m scared. That’s all I can tell you.
DTH: Chapel Hill is experiencing a lot of controversy with Silent Sam, what are your thoughts on the recent protests?
Lederman: It’s ridiculous. The whole thing is ridiculous. It’s a statue. It’s reminder of history and maybe it’s good it’s there it reminds you of what stupidity people believed in. So, it can go both ways.