A video spotlighting an Argentinian grandmother has gone viral after she spoke out against people complaining about having to social distance and self quarantine.
Connie Ansaldi filmed her grandmother telling the powerful story of how she survived the Holocaust by living in a well in response to media outlets across the country reporting complaints about social distancing practices and lockdowns.
Connie says “Tell people to stay at home! How many years did you hide in a well?!”
Her grandmother replies, “Three years! Without bathing or anything! There is no comparison”.
In a statement to the public, Connie said,
“My grandmother (a Holocaust survivor) told me ‘I spent three years hiding in an underground well so they did not kill me and two years in the ghetto.
“Without bathing and almost no food. Can’t people spend two weeks at home? We talk a lot about what’s going on. She is not afraid for herself but for us. Let’s take care of our grandparents. Mine, everyone’s. Those who are vulnerable and those who are healthy who may be affected. Everything has a solution except death. This is a war and the enemy is invisible.”
Recién mi abuela (sobreviviente del Holocausto) me dijo: “Yo estuve 3 años escondida en un pozo bajo tierra para q no me maten y 2 años en el guetto. Sin bañarme y casi sin comida. La gente no puede aguantar 2 semanas en sus casas? “ Hablamos mucho de lo que está pasando. Ella no tiene miedo por ella pero por nosotros si. Cuidemos a la #Abuli . La Mía. Las de todos. Los vulnerables y los sanos que quizá se verán afectados . Todo tiene solución salvo la muerte. Esta tambien es una guerra y el enemigo es invisible. #YoMeQuedoEnCasa QUÉDATE VOS TAMBIÉN ❤️
Posted by Connie Ansaldi on Wednesday, March 18, 2020
The video has gained nearly 90,000 likes on Facebook and has gone viral. Comments include:
“This happens, because our people never suffered a war or earthquake, or hunger, so there is no culture of work, no effort!” and “I agree with your grandmother, it is not death, isolation, it is only a matter of mentalizing.”
Mi abuela siempre me pregunta por qué sigo siendo tan rebelde …. yo no le contesto pero me rio… no se da cuenta que la rebelde, siempre fue Ella. #Abuli ❤️
Her grandmother is a great example of the generational divide we’re seeing in responses to the virus.
The older generation, who are typically considered to be more vulnerable, understand the severity of the regulations and are following them.
Younger people, on the other hand, have shown more resistance as they think they are immune to the disease and do not grasp how their actions affect others.
Specifically, in the grand scheme of world crises, being asked to stay home and watch Netflix is not a huge burden, and we’re all in it together.