August 17, 2004

"Western Europe there is sympathy for dead Jews; it's just the live ones that they cannot tolerate"

The above title is a direct quote from Laurence Weinbaum, Director of Research at the World Jewish who was the resident scholar for a group of Jewish and Israeli students who were verbally assaulted on a tour of Auschwitz.
Full article here.

Read and let me know what you think. It left me shaken. I know no one was physically hurt but there seems to have been a line crossed here, a rather dangerous line.

Posted by Rachel Ann at August 17, 2004 08:24 PM

I can't help but wonder...were these Frenchmen also Arab and/or Muslim? France has a disproportionately large Arab Muslim population. Not saying what the ruffians were almost seems to yell out that they were Muslims.

Posted by: Jim at August 17, 2004 08:41 PM

I read about this before. Shaken? No, not anymore. And I think that is a lot more scary that incidents like this have lost the capacity to shock.

Posted by: RP at August 17, 2004 09:22 PM

It just reminds me of my visit to the Holocaust museum in Israel many years ago with the volunteers from our kibbutz. It was filled with pictures of Jews being killed and in various stages of dying at the Nazi's hands. The pictures were taken because the Nazis were so damn proud of what they did to the Jews. What they did and what they COULD do because who would stop them? It was sickening. We all cried through the whole thing. I made myself read every caption under the pictures to remind myself that people hate us and maybe that will never change. Maybe the degree of hatred will be less,maybe we won't be killed in death camps but it's still out there...waiting....waiting to attack when we least expect it.

Posted by: Robin P at August 18, 2004 01:45 AM

This doesn't shock me as much as it angers me. I can understand how this may have heated up and if not broken up would have resulted in some violence. I would have easily stepped forward to defend myself. They can't possibly think that they would not defend themselves or their position in this world, and particularly at that place. The French men's behavior was so horrifyingly disrespectful, it's unbelievable. But, by looking at the grave sites in France, it's no better.

Posted by: Linda at August 18, 2004 02:18 AM
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