The title of my blog post today is a line from this news article:
You can read the original article in The Detroit news at http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/michigan/2017/02/27/bomb-threats-defaced-graves-alarm-local-jewish-centers/98507850/
The reason that I am quoting this line from the news article is because the recent attacks on Jewish cemetaries also has me pondering. Why would someone be smashing Jewish grave stones now? I immediately thought that it was Jews who were smashing Jewish gravestones in order to get attention.
The following quote is from the news article:
Two years ago, I interviewed some Jewish Holocaust survivors in southeast Michigan exploring a central question: How far has America come since the Holocaust?
I wanted to find out if they thought we as a nation had learned from that scourge on history.
Because looking back, America arrived painfully late in denouncing the atrocities against Jews carried out in Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
Among those I spoke to was Guy Stern, a Holocaust survivor and former member of the Allied forces who is the current director of the Institute of the Righteous at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.
Stern told me the world is still dealing with the bitter legacy of the Holocaust and the lesson is that we must continue to speak out against anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bigotry wherever they are.
One of the cities where grave stones were first demolished is St. Louis, MO. Years ago, the Jews in St. Louis had their own enclave where only Jews were allowed to live. This was one of the first gated communities in America. The Jews in St. Louis would not allow non-Jews to live in their walled-in gated community.