Holocaust museums should start worrying about today's antisemitism

We US Jews don't need commissions and we don't need to worry about so-called genocides the world over. We have to start worrying right here at home.

Rabbi Dr. Bernard H. Rosenberg, | updated: 07:27

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Holocaust museums must stop worrying about "genocides" around the world and start emphasizing the Nazi Holocaust and its connection to today's antisemitism. The same is true for Holocaust Commissions..

I just saw a press conference on TV regarding the shooting at the kosher grocery in Jersey City. I disagree with the opinions claiming that most who put swastikas on Jewish sites don't know what the symbol means.

Anyone who watches TV or has access to the internet, including teenagers, knows that the swastika is a symbol of antisemitism.

I was co-editor and one of the founders of the NJ State Holocaust Commission. We don't need anymore commissions on how to teach tolerance. What is needed are harsher punishments. I predicted this upsurge decades ago. The perpetrators must know that law enforcement will use its power against them.

Congratulations to President Trump for fighting antisemitism with new legislation. That may have an effect, if  used wisely, to put a damper on the antisemitism Jewish students face on US campuses. 


In Highland Park, New Jersey you had the reading of literature in the public library that breeds anti-Semitism. We fought the reading of "P is for Palestine" because of its anti-Israel message, such as using the word Intifada for the letter I and taking advantage of young children to spread a message of hate for Jews living in Israel.  

Only twenty-seven miles away, just a few months later, we find in Jersey City a blood bath that was bred by antisemitism. According to the Hebrew Israelite movement, African-Americans are the true descendants of the biblical Children of Israel and white Jews are imposters.

We live in a sick world to see defenseless civilian citizens murdered with a weapon for an irrational belief and baseless hatred. The woman killed handed out free candies to black children. We also saw Jews attacked in a library reading room, without defense, by the Government of New Jersey's use of the legislative mechanisms that were meant to be used for protection of its citizens. 

And, in closing, here is something that can be done - helping the dwindling number of survivors (for example, there are less than 50 in the Kansas City area) and their traumatized chidlren, as well as finding those whose forebears used the Nazi machine for their own ends and convincing them to help defray the cost:

  • The family that owns well-known food brands like Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread announced a multi-million dollar charity donation after an investigation revealed that their Nazi ancestors used slave labor during World War II.
  • The Reimann family, which owns a controlling stake in JAB Holdings, announced Thursday it's donating more than $5.5 million to Claims Conference, an organization that provides compensation payments to Holocaust survivors.


Julius Berman says "Elderly poor Holocaust survivors need food, medicine and heat in the winter. These funds will enable thousands of survivors to live in dignity." The claims conference will allow nearly six hundred ten million dollars for social welfare next year. I suggest that part of this money be used to help the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors who also suffer from emotional problems and genetic transference from their parents' ordeals in the Holocaust. 

Secondary traumatization may have occurred in Second Generation as a result of exposure to their traumatized parents. According to the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, children of Holocaust survivors may be at higher risk for psychiatric symptoms including depression, anxiety, and PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) due to this secondary traumatization.




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