Daily Israel Report

Boteach Opponent Supports Renaming Park After Holocaust Denier

NJ congressional candidate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach released a letter in which his opponent supported renaming park after Holocaust denier.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 10/25/2012, 12:04 PM

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New Jersey Republican Congressional candidate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach released the full text of a letter dated September 26, 2012, in which Congressman Bill Pascrell (D. NJ) offered his support for the renaming of a section of Clifton’s Richardson Scales Park in memory of Chester Grabowski, the late publisher of Polish-American newspaper The Post Eagle, who denied the Holocaust and was widely known for his anti-Semitic diatribes.

In the letter, Pascrell said he “whole heartedly” supported the effort and called Grabowski “a great friend” and “a kind and a respected man” who “was a friend to all.”

“Congressman Pascrell knowingly misled the media and the public at our recent debate when he said he did not know about Chester Grabowksi’s anti-Semitism,” Boteach’s campaign said in a statement. “We now have the full text of a recent letter written by Pascrell proving that he knew Grabowski for decades and considered him a close friend. Grabowski has been widely known for his vicious racism – his hateful comments against Jews and outright denial of the holocaust have been widely documented, as well as his decision to run for Congress in 1990 under the Populist Party that had supported former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke during his presidential run in 1988. Grabowski’s Congressional bid came at the same time that Pascrell was Mayor of Paterson, the largest city in the district.”

“It’s impossible not to have known about his very public anti-Semitism and racism, and this putrid letter demonstrates that Pascrell was not telling the truth,” the statement added.

It was widely known that The Post Eagle often referred to Jews as “vermin,” “animals,” and “Christ killers.”

According to Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, in his book Chutzpah, Grabowski once wrote that, “The Day of Reckoning is coming, and then these animals will be answerable for their crimes against Poland and her people. Unfortunately, the just and righteous Jew will also suffer for the lies and distortions of their brethren…. There are animals within the Jewish Community, here in the USA who deliberately etched numbers on their wrists to benefit from the Reparation Funds.”

Grabowski had told The Record that during the Holocaust the Jewish death toll amounted to approximately 2 million rather than 6 million.

“Pascrell has had numerous opportunities to familiarize himself with the hateful beliefs of Chester Grabowksi, and for him to say that he was unaware of them is not credible,” Boteach added. “Everyone knew of Grabowski’s hate-mongering and anti-Semitism, yet Pascrell insults the intelligence of the district’s citizens by claiming he was not aware. Not only is that not true, but it is contemptuous of his constituents.”

Pascrell first supported and then retracted his support for the naming of the park after Grabowski claiming, "the implication of my character and integrity I find appalling. I have never ever entertained any sort of anti-Semitism ever.”

Recently, billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, and his wife, Miriam, who have emerged as some of the largest Republican donors, have donated another $500,000 to the Patriot Prosperity PAC, an independent super PAC supporting Boteach,

The Adelsons had already pledged the same amount to Boteach’s campaign in August, as well as another $10,000 directly to his campaign—brining the Adelsons’ support for the Orthodox candidate to more than $1 million this year.

Pascrell, had recently come under fire for threatening Boteach saying he will “have to suffer with the people he’s getting the money from.”