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Jewish Leaders Say Anti-Semitism Around The Nation Is A Disturbing Trend – NPR

Jewish Leaders Say Anti-Semitism Around The Nation Is A Disturbing Trend
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A Swiss hotel asks Jewish guests to shower before entering the pool – CNN International

“To our Jewish guests, women, men and children, please take a shower before you go swimming,” one sign said. “If you break the rules I’m forced to cloes (sic) the swimming pool for you.”

Another sign in the kitchen addressed to “our Jewish guests” said the hotel’s freezer would only be available from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. “I hope you understand that our team does not like being disturbed all the time,” it read.

Guests spotted the placards at the Paradies hotel in the Swiss resort village of Arosa. The news of the signs spread quickly after an outraged guest posted a picture to Facebook.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called the incident “an anti-Semitic act of the worst and ugliest kind” and demanded the person who posted the signs “be brought to justice.”

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni strongly condemned the placards — while also alluding to last weekend’s white supremacist rally in Virginia. “There is no place in the free world for Nazi flags, Ku Klux Klan masks, or disgusting notices in hotels that are aimed at Jews alone.”

An Israeli guest told CNN affiliate Channel 2 that the hotel manager was nice to his family upon their arrival, and so they were shocked to find the posted signs. “No one addressed her because we didn’t want to start a confrontation,” he said, noting the hotel had many Jewish guests, mostly from the United States, the UK and Belgium.

“It was very strange and the sort of anti-Semitic incident we have not been exposed to before,” he said.

Paradies hotel manager Ruth Thomann did not respond to CNN’s calls for comment. However, Thomann defended herself to Swiss media, saying she is not anti-Semitic.

Thomann told the Swiss newspaper Blick she was trying to address the issue of guests not showering before they used the pool during a period where many Jewish guests were staying at the hotel.

“I made the sign without sensitivity and now I am paying for it dearly,” she told Blick.

She also said the sign limiting the use of the freezer was misunderstood, and that she was only trying to help hotel staff. “As a service we offer to our Jewish guests, they can store their kosher food in our (staff) freezer,” she said.

Thomann said she posted the sign to limit guests’ use of the freezer and to allow staff more privacy, according to Blick.

The signs have since been removed, a representative with the Israeli Embassy in Switzerland said in a statement.

CNN’s Oren Liebermann and Michael Schwartz contributed to this report.

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Charlottesville White Supremacists Missed the Jewish Connection to Their Polos – Racked

Over the weekend, the countrys attention was focused in horror on Charlottesville, Virginia, where hundreds of young men bearing tiki torches swarmed the Unite the Right rally organized by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups. The protest was in response to the citys plan to take down the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, but the mob spewed both racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric, linking Jews and black Americans together when asserting white superiority, a practice that isnt new.

After the deadly event, much of the bewilderment centered around how these days we are able to get a full, unobstructed look at the faces of racism. While they once hid under the hoods of the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists now show their faces proudly, to the point where they can be openly identified on social media. As journalist Matt Thompson pointed out, We used to whisper these thoughts, the new white supremacists suggest. But now we can say them out loud. The Unite the Right rally wasnt intended to be a Klan rally at all. It was a pride march.

This new crop of white supremacists have chosen a very deliberate uniform. By and large, it is a preppy polo shirt and a pair of khakis. Its an aesthetic that was popularized by Jews one of the communities the rally was targeting, where protestors chanted, Jews will not replace us.

The American prep uniform was first created by Brooks Brothers, founded in 1818. The brand was a favorite of upper-class men who belonged to elite institutions that systematically kept Jews out; exclusive clubs had no Jew policies, and Ivy League institutions like Harvard, Princeton, and Yale had quotas on how many Jewish students could be admitted, which lasted well into the 1960s.

Jewish immigrants in the United States often entered the garment trade, and in the late 1800s, Jewish designers in New England began perpetuating the preppy style, as the aesthetic had become sought-after. Soon, as Tablet Magazine reported back in 2012, among the biggest names were New Havens Weinreichs (which opened in 1886 and sold custom suits), Arthur Rosie Rosenberg (who became known as the Jewish King of the Custom Made Suits in New Haven), and Jacobi Press (who started a suit and prep empire, J. Press, first on Yale Universitys campus in 1863).

By the 1920s, J. Press had become the choice tailor for everyone from Duke Ellington to Cary Grant, Tablet writes. Even though F. Scott Fitzgerald is said to have shown up to military training wearing a Brooks Brothers suit, [grandson Richard] Press says the man responsible for one of Americas greatest novels was, in fact, a customer of his grandfather in the 1920s, and in a 1936 letter to his then-15-year-old daughter, Scotty, Fitzgerald cautioned the teenager to beware of the wolves in their J. Pressed tweed. By the 1950s, the look was inescapable. The Jewish pedigree of this quintessentially American style is undeniable.

Jewish people were making clothes for the very people discriminating against them. White Anglo-Saxon protestants used Jews to help them maintain their status through clothing while simultaneously shunning them from the schools, organizations, and workplaces that helped them maintain their power.

Following World War II, when the production of French fashion houses like Chanel and Dior was halted, American designers began rising to prominence. By the mid-1960s, Jewish-Americans like Hannah Golofski of Anne Klein and Ralph Lauren were building powerful empires predicated on the preppy look. They helped prep trickle down from the wealthy elites to mainstream consumers. In the decades that followed, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Kenneth Cole followed suit. The Official Preppy Handbook, published in 1980 during a time of prep resurgence, was written by a Jewish woman, Lisa Birnbach; while she wrote it as satire, it was taken as gospel by fans.

Ralph Lauren was, and still is, undoubtedly the most powerful force in preppy fashion. He started his career by making ties and selling them to classmates at New Yorks Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy before getting formal training at Brooks Brothers. As fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell writes in The Atlantic, Lauren succeeded not by mingling with WASPs, but by studying them in their natural habitat. Born Ralph Lifshitz, the son of poor Jewish immigrants, he was an outsider who knew he could never truly join their world; instead, he had to create one of his own. People ask how a Jewish kid from the Bronx does preppy clothes, he has been quoted as saying. Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams. Lauren didnt invent the polo shirt (that was actually the brainchild of tennis player Rene Lacoste in 1926), but he is largely credited with making it an American staple.

That todays white supremacists have chosen the polo shirt is strategic. As Vice points out, The Daily Stormer instructed those en route to Charlottesville to dress to impress. The core of marketing is aesthetic. We need to look appealing,” wrote the site, which recently lost its domain host and has since moved to the dark web.

The white supremacists that gathered in Charlottesville shouted chants, as the Washington Post reported, that originated from Nazi Germany, crafted to cast Jews as foreign interlopers who need to be expunged. Some wore their respectable-looking polos shirts at the rally, while others wore shirts with Adolf Hitler quotes. Many displayed swastikas. White nationalist leader Chris Cantwell told Vice he was disappointed in Donald Trump for giving his daughter to a Jew. This was not an isolated incident. These people belong to groups that target Jewish journalists on Twitter, send hate mail to their homes, and intimidate synagogues.

That the polo shirt has become the uniform of white supremacy is jarring not only because it gives this group a look of polished normalcy, but also because the preppy aesthetic is tied up in the complicated history of what it means to be Jewish in America. Theres a certain irony here in that from pivoting from an anonymous white hood, white supremacists connect themselves to the cultures they seek to oppress. In Charlottesville, we saw this with polos and tiki torches; who knows what they will co-opt next.

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Black, Jewish Goldman Sachs executive sues firm for discrimination, claiming bias killed her chance to land Allergan … – CNBC

A Goldman Sachs executive who is black and Jewish sued the firm and one of its managing directors for discrimination Wednesday, saying her effort to land Allergan’s CEO Brent Saunders as a client was scuttled because of the partner’s alleged race- and religious-based prejudice against her.

The lawsuit by Goldman Sachs vice president Rebecca Allen also charges that “the discrimination committed against Ms. Allen should come as no surprise given that the Bank has virtually no Black presence in its leadership.”

And it says Allen has faced “discriminatory comments” at Goldman Sachs “based on the fact that she is Jewish, including various inquiries clearly designed to determine ‘how Jewish’ Ms. Allen is, given that she is Black.”

A Goldman Sachs spokeswoman, when asked for comment, said, “We believe this suit is without merit and we will vigorously contest it.”

“Our success depends on our ability to maintain a diverse employee base and we are focused on recruiting, retaining and promoting diverse professionals at all levels,” the spokesman said.

An Allergan spokesman declined to comment.

Allen was hired into Goldman’s private wealth management division in 2012, according to the suit.

Since then, the suit alleges, “despite her outstanding work product and results,” Allen “has been discriminated against in myriad ways throughout her employment.”

Specifically, the suit alleges, Allen was given “substantially fewer and less valuable clients” than male colleagues when clients were redistributed among her team after colleagues left Goldman.

The suit also says she spent almost three years working on a potential client relationship with Saunders, head of the drug giant Allergan, who “expressed interest in committing significant assets to” the private wealth management division.

But last November, the suit charges, Allen “was abruptly removed from the Saunders relationship without explanation.”

The removal deprived Allen of what she believed would end up being $300,000 in compensation annually.

Christina Minnis, a partner in Goldman’s investment banking division, was responsible for Allen being removed, after Minnis “became Mr. Saunders’ investment banking relationship partner,” the complaint states.

Allen’s direct supervisor, Corey Jassem, asked Minnis, who is white, why she was removing Allen from dealing with Saunders, the suit says.

“Immediately after that conversation, Mr. Jassem told Ms. Allen that Ms. Minnis had made an anti-Semitic comment during the conversation and said ‘all this racist stuff,'” suggesting that Ms. Allen had been removed from the relationship because she is Black and Jewish,” the suit says.

Jassem also allegedly told Allen “that he was so distressed by his conversation with Ms. Minnis and her discriminatory remarks that he believed he had an obligation to elevate the issue to Human Resources,” according to the complaint.

But Jassem never did so, and later changed his story, telling Allen that Minnis had only made anti-Semitic remarks, the suit says.

“Jassem went so far as to blame Ms. Allen for reacting to Ms. Minnis’ misconduct and accused her of being hypersensitive,” according to the suit.

Allen later was told by Goldman’s employee relations division “that she was removed from the account because Mr. Saunders was not impressed with her, a blatant lie,” the suit says.

Minnis was promoted earlier this year to head of acquisition finance for Goldman Sachs, a newly created position, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

Allen’s lawyers, Douglas Wigdor and Michael Willemin, in a statement said, “It is inconceivable that Goldman Sachs holds itself out as being a diverse employer when [its 32-person] management team includes only one Black employee.”

“Not surprisingly, as a result, the entire leadership of the Bank and the Private Wealth Management Division is virtually devoid of color, and, according to the Complaint filed earlier today, critical decisions regarding which professionals will cover a client are made not based on ability, but rather on the basis of race,” Allen’s lawyers said.

“We are confident that with the filing of this complaint, other Black employees or those that were denied a position at Goldman will step forward so that we can expose what is really happening behind the closed doors with regard to the denial of opportunity for entrance and advancement for qualified Black individuals.”

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Ride for the Living helps build Krakow’s Jewish future – Cleveland Jewish News

One-hundred and 60 riders left Auschwitz-Birkenau on the overcast morning of June 23, 2017, bound for Krakow, Poland. Riders from around the globe joined together to pedal 55 miles to the Jewish Community Center Krakow in the fourth annual Ride for the Living.

While each rider had a personal reason for participating in Ride for the Living, we shared the JCC Karkows mission building a Jewish future.

When I read about Ride for the Living just two weeks prior to the 2016 ride, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. I immediately put the 2017 ride on my calendar. For me, Ride for the Living combined my love of cycling with my familys history. As the child of a Polish Holocaust survivor, the pull of Poland and its history has been with me for as long as I can remember.

Our approach into Krakow along the Wisla River.

My father, David Dobres, faced unimaginable horrors when as a 9-year-old boy, he, his parents and older brother, fled their home in Makow Mazowiecki, a small town north of Warsaw. The details of my fathers story of survival are few. Whether because he could not speak of what he endured or perhaps out of a desire to shield my siblings and me from those horrors, my father did not tell us much about his experiences.

Still we know enough of the story. Like many Jews, my fathers family left their home in a desperate attempt to survive the Nazi onslaught. They survived out of sheer determination, strength, wisdom, no doubt some amount of good fortune, and Gods will. Ride For the Living gave me the chance to be on the same soil that my family walked on some 70 years ago.

Among my fellow cyclists was a man who, some 70 years ago, had walked on the exact same Polish soil where our ride began. Marcel Zielinski was just 10 when he was liberated from Auschwitz-Birekenau. At age 82, Marcel led our group of riders, participating in Ride for the Living for the third time. Marcels son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters accompanied him to Krakow, living proof that despite the Nazis atrocities, the Jewish spirit and Jewish life survived.

U.S. Ambassador to Poland Paul Jones, right, speaks with Holocaust survivor Marcel Zielinski.

The JCC Krakow epitomizes the survival of the Jewish people. Krakows Jewish community continues to see a rebirth. This fall, the JCC Krakow will open a preschool the first Jewish school to open in Krakow since before the Holocaust. Bright, cheerful, and vibrant, the JCC Krakow welcomes local members and a constant stream of international visitors. The JCC Krakows membership outnumbers the actual number of Jews in the city. Members from around the world many of whom participated in Ride for the Living have generously supported the goal of building a Jewish future.

The JCC Krakow was founded through a partnership between Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and the World Jewish Relief, a London-based charity founded in 1933 that helps to fulfill the needs of Jewish communities throughout the world. The JCC Krakow opened in 2007 with the intention of fostering social, educational, and religious programming for the Jewish community. Ride for the Living is the JCC Krakows largest annual fundraiser. To date, Ride for the Living 2017 has raised more than $145,000.

Ride for the Living was inspired by Englishman Robert Desmond, who rode his bicycle 1,350 miles from London to Auschwitz visiting World War II sites of liberation along his journey. After Robert joined the JCC Krakow, he realized that his ride should not have ended in a place of death but rather, in a place of hope. Beginning in 2015 with some 15 participants, Ride for the Living has grown more than tenfold.

Mile-by-mile, the riders that left Auschwitz-Birkenau on that overcast morning helped to build Krakows Jewish future.

Jacob Dobres lives in Columbus with his wife, Kim, and their children, Leah and Charlie. They are members of Temple Beth Shalom in New Albandy. He grew up in the Cleveland area, celebrated his bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth Am, and attended The Agnon School (now Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School), Mayfield High School and Akiva Hebrew High School (now @Akiva).

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San Diego’s Jewish Community Spreads Message of Unity and Non-Violence – NBC 7 San Diego

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Many members of San Diego’s Jewish community were joined by others to spread a message of peace and non-violence in the aftermath of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. NBC 7’s Ashley Matthews reports. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017)

Religious and human rights groups came together in San Diego Tuesday night for a rally against hate and extremism after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and PresidentDonald Trump’s remarks regarding the protests and riots.

Their message was clear: become united and share hope, instead of hate.

A standing ovation was given to Holocaust survivors in the crowd at the gathering at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla. The group took a stand against the white nationalists at the root of the violence in Virginia.

“Sometimes, its the extremes that get the microphones. There’s really a silent majority in this country that believes in the core values of tolerance, democracy, and equal access for all,” said Charlene Seidle, Executive Vice President of the Leichtag Foundation.

Ralph Crevoshay is not Jewish but still made a point to support fellow community members in the fight against Neo-Nazis and other hate groups.

“They have overlaid a foreign ideology into an agenda of hatred that’s not American,” he said.

Some locals told NBC 7 the protests, fights, and damage to property are going too far.

A Confederate statue was pulled down and destroyed while many were counter-protesting a white nationalist rally in Durham, North Carolina.

“I think there’s a way to protest, there’s a right way to do it and then a way that takes it just a little too far. I don’t think violence is necessary, I don’t think the destruction of any kind is necessary,” said community member Sarah Schwendinger.

Many in the Jewish community said Confederate symbols bring great pain to those directly impacted, and this needs to end.

“We need to bring people that feel that pain back into our community, unify our country and move forward,” said Seidle.

Congressman Scott Peters (D-52nd Dist.) spoke at the event as well as Rabbis from the community.

They told NBC 7 they’ll continue to hold events like these and they will always be focused on a message of hope and non-violence.

Published at 11:14 PM PDT on Aug 15, 2017 | Updated at 7:45 AM PDT on Aug 16, 2017

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Why do white supremacists hate Jews? Because we Jews can fight them. – Washington Post

By Danya Ruttenberg By Danya Ruttenberg August 16 at 6:00 AM

White nationalists staged a torchlit march on the campus of the University of Virginia on Aug.11, ahead of a planned far-right rally. (Instagram/anonymous via Storyful)

Anti-Semitism is again back in the news.

Some of the posters atthe Charlottesville white supremacist demonstrations this weekend featured a man taking a hammer to a Star of David the biggest threat, the thing that needs to be destroyed. Marchers chanted Jews will not replace us and Blood and soil!, a direct translation of the Nazi slogan blut und boden, which plays on the notion of Jews as powerful, dangerous interlopers.

This comes toward the end of a summer that included the Chicago Dyke Marchejectingparticipants with a Star of David on a gay pride flag on the misguided-at-best grounds that it went against the marchs anti-racist core values and heated debates about whether Gal Gadot, an Ashkenazi Israeli, isa person of color. Particularly in recent years, there has rightfully beenincreased talk about the ways in which many Ashkenazi Jews in America do have white privilege.

So are we oppressed? Or what? The reasons that question may feel complicated go back around a thousand years. Since the dawn of modern anti-Semitism, hatred toward Jews has been deeply intertwined with the idea of Jews having unique sorts of advantages.

[Why Jews have a special obligation to resist Trump]

In the Middle Ages, Jews were barred from many trades and professions, and it was sometimes illegal for Jews to own land. It was convenient forlocal authorities to permit Jews to work in trades that were repugnant to Christians most notably moneylending, which was associated in the Christian world with depravity and sin.

From a Jewish perspective, moneylending was a useful line of work for two reasons. First, it was somewhat portable, and when times were lucky it enabled our ancestors to have liquid assets both of which were practical during an era when expulsions of Jews from villages and even whole countries were not uncommon. It was also profitable. Most late medieval and early modern European polities taxed Jews at jaw-droppingly high rates, so loaning out money was essential for communities survival. A very small subset of Jews began handling money because it was a viable option and a practical necessity. And then they were resented for it and identified with the work in a way that Christian bankers never were. Evenas early as 1233, anti-Semitic drawings depicted the usuriousJew, using many of the same themes one might find in a quick Google search.

Most Jews throughout history lived a fairly precarious existence, economically and otherwise. Many times in history we have been tolerated, and even embraced, by the rulers and locals of our host country. But we have also been subject to expulsions, pogroms, Inquisitions and genocide many times over often, indeed, fueled by the trope of the greedy, crooked Jew serving as the scapegoat for other stresses and complexities in society. Often, the shift from living in peace to the bottom dropping out happened very quickly.

So heres the paradox: Anti-Semitism and Jewish privilege are, and have long been, two sides of the same coin. Even now, I feel it keenly.

On the one hand, Jews as a category are thus far shielded from the state violence that a lot of other groups are experiencing. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is not seeking us out as a group; we are not being barred from the military or being singled out in a travel ban. Although of course there are Jews of all levels of economic security in this country, American Jews as a collective do have a lot more social and cultural capital than many other groups, and we are not as vulnerable as other communities under attack. The reasons are various; a big one, though, is that many American Jews families have been established here for a century or more and, over that time, Ashkenazi Jews were able to assimilate into the broader culture and become white.

[Jews struggled for decades to become white. Now we must give up white privilege to fight racism.]

Yet at the same time, anti-Semitism is functioning as it has for centuries. Trumps attacks on Soros globalists, White House adviser Stephen Millers claim that a reporter had cosmopolitan bias (a phrase that has longtime anti-Semitic connotations despite Millers own Jewish origins), the Star of David superimposed on money in the infamous Trump tweet last year, the dog whistles in the Trumps final campaign ad and the posters and chants in Charlottesville all depend on a centuries-old, manufactured narrative of Jews as wealthy, powerful and in control. As this rhetoric gets louder, were seeing more targeted hate: Jewish graveyards have been vandalized at least five times this year, and the Holocaust Memorial in Boston was smashed for the second time this summer on Monday.

That shift from relative peace to something else can happen so quickly in the blink of an eye. Some members of the Jewish community are feeling our centuries-deep intergenerational trauma keenly, experiencing this era as nothing short of terrifying, with memories of pogrom torches and swastika flags looming large.

But this isnt the time to hunker down. Its the time to stand up. I, for one, have advantages that my ancestors in Europe never dreamed of, and this includes the social capital to fight bigotry with full force and power. We as a community have an obligation to stand up for those who are more vulnerable to both institutional and random attacks, as well as to embody the full bad-assery of an elderly woman photographed on Sunday in New York holding a sign that said, I escaped the Nazis once. You will not defeat me now.

Our work right now is to fight every kind of bigotry and hate head on.

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San Diego Jewish community rallies against hate – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Leaders of San Diego’s Jewish community on Tuesday night condemned white supremacists and hatred in response to the deadly violence that broke out during a rally by neo-Nazis and other extremist groups in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

Speaking in front of hundreds of people during a forum at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, local rabbis and others evoked the horrors of the Holocaust to underscore the importance of speaking out against hate.

I personally know what it is like to be discriminated against, Holocaust survivor Franny Lebovits told the crowd. But to remember is not enough, the 94-year-old Lebovits said.

Rabbi Yael Ridberg of Congregation Dor Hadash said her message was one that was simultaneously ancient and urgent.

We must not be tolerant of intolerance,” she said. “We cannot turn a blind eye to what is in plain sight. We, Jews, we remember the cost of silence.

Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, also addressed the crowd, echoing statements he made Sunday evening at a unity vigil in front of the County Administration Center.

The Greatest Generation did not fight Nazis so Nazis could walk around empowered, he said to applause, adding that the fight against hate is far from over.

“Don’t lose heart, he told the crowd. “The struggle is not over, but were making progress, and were going to win.

Rabbi Nadav Caine of Ner Tamid Synagogue led a prayer in honor of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed when a car mowed down a group of counter protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday. The suspected driver, James Alex Fields, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder in Heyers death.

The event at the Jewish center in University City was organized by the Anti-Defamation League, the San Diego Rabbinic Association and the Leichtag Foundation, an Encinitas-based Jewish organization.

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Poland seeks Jewish-American lawyers – The Jerusalem Post

The Nazi slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free) is pictured at the gates of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland January 27, 2017, to mark the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet troops and to remember the vi. (photo credit:AGENCY GAZETA/KUBA OCIEPA/VIA REUTERS)

Polish seijm [parliament] member Krystyna Pawlowicz, of the ruling Law and Justice party (PIS) recently expressed her hope on Facebook that Poland will be successful in wining compensations from Germany for the horrors of the Nazi occupation of Poland during the Second World War.

Pawlowicz regretted that Poland doesnt have legal experts who are skillful in this sort of project and claimed that while Poland has legal scholars they wouldnt want to risk their EU funding, which she claimed originates from Germany.

Ergo, she suggested, let us turn immediately, today, to the best Jewish, American [sic] legal firms to get consultation on the issue of Polish claims from Germany.

Shes not the only one in Poland who believes Germany owns Poland war reparation Telewizja Repulika, a Polish television channel, ran a story covering this issue with a special graphic on the webpage imitating the gate of Auschwitz with the caption: Reparation sets you free instead of the infamous Work sets you free [Arbeit macht frei].

While Poles were never seen by the Nazi state as a people who must be destroyed like the Jews, the Nazis were certain that the Poles should be confined to the role of an illiterate slave race and reduced to illiteracy, with their history and culture forgotten and forbidden.

Around three million non-Jewish Poles were killed by the Nazis, in Poland, its often mentioned that this number is equal to the number of 3 million Jewish citizens of Poland killed in the Holocaust. Leading some to mistake the similarity in numbers as a similarity of the very different historical realities of Jewish-Poles and non-Jewish Poles under the Nazis, one marked for destruction, and the other to a life of slavery to a Master-Race.

The Auschwitz Museum expressed anger of this primitive manipulation of painful symbols and suggested that the creators of the graphics lack any understanding of history. The television channel removed the graphic from its twitter account but not from its website.

After WW2 ended, the Polish People s Republic [RPL] declined to accept war reparations from Western Germany in 1953.

Some Polish legal experts argue the validity of that decision as that state collapsed in 1989 when democratic Poland was established.

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Jewish Leaders Say Anti-Semitism Around The Nation Is A Disturbing Trend – NPR

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A Swiss hotel asks Jewish guests to shower before entering the pool – CNN International

“To our Jewish guests, women, men and children, please take a shower before you go swimming,” one sign said. “If you break the rules I’m forced to cloes (sic) the swimming pool for you.” Another sign in the kitchen addressed to “our Jewish guests” said the hotel’s freezer would only be available from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. “I hope you understand that our team does not like being disturbed all the time,” it read. Guests spotted the placards at the Paradies hotel in the Swiss resort village of Arosa. The news of the signs spread quickly after an outraged guest posted a picture to Facebook. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called the incident “an anti-Semitic act of the worst and ugliest kind” and demanded the person who posted the signs “be brought to justice.” Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni strongly condemned the placards — while also alluding to last weekend’s white supremacist rally in Virginia. “There is no place in the free world for Nazi flags, Ku Klux Klan masks, or disgusting notices in hotels that are aimed at Jews alone.” An Israeli guest told CNN affiliate Channel 2 that the hotel manager was nice to his family upon their arrival, and so they were shocked to find the posted signs. “No one addressed her because we didn’t want to start a confrontation,” he said, noting the hotel had many Jewish guests, mostly from the United States, the UK and Belgium. “It was very strange and the sort of anti-Semitic incident we have not been exposed to before,” he said. Paradies hotel manager Ruth Thomann did not respond to CNN’s calls for comment. However, Thomann defended herself to Swiss media, saying she is not anti-Semitic. Thomann told the Swiss newspaper Blick she was trying to address the issue of guests not showering before they used the pool during a period where many Jewish guests were staying at the hotel. “I made the sign without sensitivity and now I am paying for it dearly,” she told Blick. She also said the sign limiting the use of the freezer was misunderstood, and that she was only trying to help hotel staff. “As a service we offer to our Jewish guests, they can store their kosher food in our (staff) freezer,” she said. Thomann said she posted the sign to limit guests’ use of the freezer and to allow staff more privacy, according to Blick. The signs have since been removed, a representative with the Israeli Embassy in Switzerland said in a statement. CNN’s Oren Liebermann and Michael Schwartz contributed to this report.

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Charlottesville White Supremacists Missed the Jewish Connection to Their Polos – Racked

Over the weekend, the countrys attention was focused in horror on Charlottesville, Virginia, where hundreds of young men bearing tiki torches swarmed the Unite the Right rally organized by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups. The protest was in response to the citys plan to take down the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, but the mob spewed both racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric, linking Jews and black Americans together when asserting white superiority, a practice that isnt new. After the deadly event, much of the bewilderment centered around how these days we are able to get a full, unobstructed look at the faces of racism. While they once hid under the hoods of the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists now show their faces proudly, to the point where they can be openly identified on social media. As journalist Matt Thompson pointed out, We used to whisper these thoughts, the new white supremacists suggest. But now we can say them out loud. The Unite the Right rally wasnt intended to be a Klan rally at all. It was a pride march. This new crop of white supremacists have chosen a very deliberate uniform. By and large, it is a preppy polo shirt and a pair of khakis. Its an aesthetic that was popularized by Jews one of the communities the rally was targeting, where protestors chanted, Jews will not replace us. The American prep uniform was first created by Brooks Brothers, founded in 1818. The brand was a favorite of upper-class men who belonged to elite institutions that systematically kept Jews out; exclusive clubs had no Jew policies, and Ivy League institutions like Harvard, Princeton, and Yale had quotas on how many Jewish students could be admitted, which lasted well into the 1960s. Jewish immigrants in the United States often entered the garment trade, and in the late 1800s, Jewish designers in New England began perpetuating the preppy style, as the aesthetic had become sought-after. Soon, as Tablet Magazine reported back in 2012, among the biggest names were New Havens Weinreichs (which opened in 1886 and sold custom suits), Arthur Rosie Rosenberg (who became known as the Jewish King of the Custom Made Suits in New Haven), and Jacobi Press (who started a suit and prep empire, J. Press, first on Yale Universitys campus in 1863). By the 1920s, J. Press had become the choice tailor for everyone from Duke Ellington to Cary Grant, Tablet writes. Even though F. Scott Fitzgerald is said to have shown up to military training wearing a Brooks Brothers suit, [grandson Richard] Press says the man responsible for one of Americas greatest novels was, in fact, a customer of his grandfather in the 1920s, and in a 1936 letter to his then-15-year-old daughter, Scotty, Fitzgerald cautioned the teenager to beware of the wolves in their J. Pressed tweed. By the 1950s, the look was inescapable. The Jewish pedigree of this quintessentially American style is undeniable. Jewish people were making clothes for the very people discriminating against them. White Anglo-Saxon protestants used Jews to help them maintain their status through clothing while simultaneously shunning them from the schools, organizations, and workplaces that helped them maintain their power. Following World War II, when the production of French fashion houses like Chanel and Dior was halted, American designers began rising to prominence. By the mid-1960s, Jewish-Americans like Hannah Golofski of Anne Klein and Ralph Lauren were building powerful empires predicated on the preppy look. They helped prep trickle down from the wealthy elites to mainstream consumers. In the decades that followed, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Kenneth Cole followed suit. The Official Preppy Handbook, published in 1980 during a time of prep resurgence, was written by a Jewish woman, Lisa Birnbach; while she wrote it as satire, it was taken as gospel by fans. Ralph Lauren was, and still is, undoubtedly the most powerful force in preppy fashion. He started his career by making ties and selling them to classmates at New Yorks Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy before getting formal training at Brooks Brothers. As fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell writes in The Atlantic, Lauren succeeded not by mingling with WASPs, but by studying them in their natural habitat. Born Ralph Lifshitz, the son of poor Jewish immigrants, he was an outsider who knew he could never truly join their world; instead, he had to create one of his own. People ask how a Jewish kid from the Bronx does preppy clothes, he has been quoted as saying. Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams. Lauren didnt invent the polo shirt (that was actually the brainchild of tennis player Rene Lacoste in 1926), but he is largely credited with making it an American staple. That todays white supremacists have chosen the polo shirt is strategic. As Vice points out, The Daily Stormer instructed those en route to Charlottesville to dress to impress. The core of marketing is aesthetic. We need to look appealing,” wrote the site, which recently lost its domain host and has since moved to the dark web. The white supremacists that gathered in Charlottesville shouted chants, as the Washington Post reported, that originated from Nazi Germany, crafted to cast Jews as foreign interlopers who need to be expunged. Some wore their respectable-looking polos shirts at the rally, while others wore shirts with Adolf Hitler quotes. Many displayed swastikas. White nationalist leader Chris Cantwell told Vice he was disappointed in Donald Trump for giving his daughter to a Jew. This was not an isolated incident. These people belong to groups that target Jewish journalists on Twitter, send hate mail to their homes, and intimidate synagogues. That the polo shirt has become the uniform of white supremacy is jarring not only because it gives this group a look of polished normalcy, but also because the preppy aesthetic is tied up in the complicated history of what it means to be Jewish in America. Theres a certain irony here in that from pivoting from an anonymous white hood, white supremacists connect themselves to the cultures they seek to oppress. In Charlottesville, we saw this with polos and tiki torches; who knows what they will co-opt next.

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Black, Jewish Goldman Sachs executive sues firm for discrimination, claiming bias killed her chance to land Allergan … – CNBC

A Goldman Sachs executive who is black and Jewish sued the firm and one of its managing directors for discrimination Wednesday, saying her effort to land Allergan’s CEO Brent Saunders as a client was scuttled because of the partner’s alleged race- and religious-based prejudice against her. The lawsuit by Goldman Sachs vice president Rebecca Allen also charges that “the discrimination committed against Ms. Allen should come as no surprise given that the Bank has virtually no Black presence in its leadership.” And it says Allen has faced “discriminatory comments” at Goldman Sachs “based on the fact that she is Jewish, including various inquiries clearly designed to determine ‘how Jewish’ Ms. Allen is, given that she is Black.” A Goldman Sachs spokeswoman, when asked for comment, said, “We believe this suit is without merit and we will vigorously contest it.” “Our success depends on our ability to maintain a diverse employee base and we are focused on recruiting, retaining and promoting diverse professionals at all levels,” the spokesman said. An Allergan spokesman declined to comment. Allen was hired into Goldman’s private wealth management division in 2012, according to the suit. Since then, the suit alleges, “despite her outstanding work product and results,” Allen “has been discriminated against in myriad ways throughout her employment.” Specifically, the suit alleges, Allen was given “substantially fewer and less valuable clients” than male colleagues when clients were redistributed among her team after colleagues left Goldman. The suit also says she spent almost three years working on a potential client relationship with Saunders, head of the drug giant Allergan, who “expressed interest in committing significant assets to” the private wealth management division. But last November, the suit charges, Allen “was abruptly removed from the Saunders relationship without explanation.” The removal deprived Allen of what she believed would end up being $300,000 in compensation annually. Christina Minnis, a partner in Goldman’s investment banking division, was responsible for Allen being removed, after Minnis “became Mr. Saunders’ investment banking relationship partner,” the complaint states. Allen’s direct supervisor, Corey Jassem, asked Minnis, who is white, why she was removing Allen from dealing with Saunders, the suit says. “Immediately after that conversation, Mr. Jassem told Ms. Allen that Ms. Minnis had made an anti-Semitic comment during the conversation and said ‘all this racist stuff,'” suggesting that Ms. Allen had been removed from the relationship because she is Black and Jewish,” the suit says. Jassem also allegedly told Allen “that he was so distressed by his conversation with Ms. Minnis and her discriminatory remarks that he believed he had an obligation to elevate the issue to Human Resources,” according to the complaint. But Jassem never did so, and later changed his story, telling Allen that Minnis had only made anti-Semitic remarks, the suit says. “Jassem went so far as to blame Ms. Allen for reacting to Ms. Minnis’ misconduct and accused her of being hypersensitive,” according to the suit. Allen later was told by Goldman’s employee relations division “that she was removed from the account because Mr. Saunders was not impressed with her, a blatant lie,” the suit says. Minnis was promoted earlier this year to head of acquisition finance for Goldman Sachs, a newly created position, according to Dow Jones Newswires. Allen’s lawyers, Douglas Wigdor and Michael Willemin, in a statement said, “It is inconceivable that Goldman Sachs holds itself out as being a diverse employer when [its 32-person] management team includes only one Black employee.” “Not surprisingly, as a result, the entire leadership of the Bank and the Private Wealth Management Division is virtually devoid of color, and, according to the Complaint filed earlier today, critical decisions regarding which professionals will cover a client are made not based on ability, but rather on the basis of race,” Allen’s lawyers said. “We are confident that with the filing of this complaint, other Black employees or those that were denied a position at Goldman will step forward so that we can expose what is really happening behind the closed doors with regard to the denial of opportunity for entrance and advancement for qualified Black individuals.” Additional reporting by CNBC’s Jim Forkin

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Ride for the Living helps build Krakow’s Jewish future – Cleveland Jewish News

One-hundred and 60 riders left Auschwitz-Birkenau on the overcast morning of June 23, 2017, bound for Krakow, Poland. Riders from around the globe joined together to pedal 55 miles to the Jewish Community Center Krakow in the fourth annual Ride for the Living. While each rider had a personal reason for participating in Ride for the Living, we shared the JCC Karkows mission building a Jewish future. When I read about Ride for the Living just two weeks prior to the 2016 ride, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. I immediately put the 2017 ride on my calendar. For me, Ride for the Living combined my love of cycling with my familys history. As the child of a Polish Holocaust survivor, the pull of Poland and its history has been with me for as long as I can remember. Our approach into Krakow along the Wisla River. My father, David Dobres, faced unimaginable horrors when as a 9-year-old boy, he, his parents and older brother, fled their home in Makow Mazowiecki, a small town north of Warsaw. The details of my fathers story of survival are few. Whether because he could not speak of what he endured or perhaps out of a desire to shield my siblings and me from those horrors, my father did not tell us much about his experiences. Still we know enough of the story. Like many Jews, my fathers family left their home in a desperate attempt to survive the Nazi onslaught. They survived out of sheer determination, strength, wisdom, no doubt some amount of good fortune, and Gods will. Ride For the Living gave me the chance to be on the same soil that my family walked on some 70 years ago. Among my fellow cyclists was a man who, some 70 years ago, had walked on the exact same Polish soil where our ride began. Marcel Zielinski was just 10 when he was liberated from Auschwitz-Birekenau. At age 82, Marcel led our group of riders, participating in Ride for the Living for the third time. Marcels son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters accompanied him to Krakow, living proof that despite the Nazis atrocities, the Jewish spirit and Jewish life survived. U.S. Ambassador to Poland Paul Jones, right, speaks with Holocaust survivor Marcel Zielinski. The JCC Krakow epitomizes the survival of the Jewish people. Krakows Jewish community continues to see a rebirth. This fall, the JCC Krakow will open a preschool the first Jewish school to open in Krakow since before the Holocaust. Bright, cheerful, and vibrant, the JCC Krakow welcomes local members and a constant stream of international visitors. The JCC Krakows membership outnumbers the actual number of Jews in the city. Members from around the world many of whom participated in Ride for the Living have generously supported the goal of building a Jewish future. The JCC Krakow was founded through a partnership between Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and the World Jewish Relief, a London-based charity founded in 1933 that helps to fulfill the needs of Jewish communities throughout the world. The JCC Krakow opened in 2007 with the intention of fostering social, educational, and religious programming for the Jewish community. Ride for the Living is the JCC Krakows largest annual fundraiser. To date, Ride for the Living 2017 has raised more than $145,000. Ride for the Living was inspired by Englishman Robert Desmond, who rode his bicycle 1,350 miles from London to Auschwitz visiting World War II sites of liberation along his journey. After Robert joined the JCC Krakow, he realized that his ride should not have ended in a place of death but rather, in a place of hope. Beginning in 2015 with some 15 participants, Ride for the Living has grown more than tenfold. Mile-by-mile, the riders that left Auschwitz-Birkenau on that overcast morning helped to build Krakows Jewish future. Jacob Dobres lives in Columbus with his wife, Kim, and their children, Leah and Charlie. They are members of Temple Beth Shalom in New Albandy. He grew up in the Cleveland area, celebrated his bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth Am, and attended The Agnon School (now Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School), Mayfield High School and Akiva Hebrew High School (now @Akiva).

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San Diego’s Jewish Community Spreads Message of Unity and Non-Violence – NBC 7 San Diego

WATCH LIVE Many members of San Diego’s Jewish community were joined by others to spread a message of peace and non-violence in the aftermath of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. NBC 7’s Ashley Matthews reports. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017) Religious and human rights groups came together in San Diego Tuesday night for a rally against hate and extremism after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and PresidentDonald Trump’s remarks regarding the protests and riots. Their message was clear: become united and share hope, instead of hate. A standing ovation was given to Holocaust survivors in the crowd at the gathering at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla. The group took a stand against the white nationalists at the root of the violence in Virginia. “Sometimes, its the extremes that get the microphones. There’s really a silent majority in this country that believes in the core values of tolerance, democracy, and equal access for all,” said Charlene Seidle, Executive Vice President of the Leichtag Foundation. Ralph Crevoshay is not Jewish but still made a point to support fellow community members in the fight against Neo-Nazis and other hate groups. “They have overlaid a foreign ideology into an agenda of hatred that’s not American,” he said. Some locals told NBC 7 the protests, fights, and damage to property are going too far. A Confederate statue was pulled down and destroyed while many were counter-protesting a white nationalist rally in Durham, North Carolina. “I think there’s a way to protest, there’s a right way to do it and then a way that takes it just a little too far. I don’t think violence is necessary, I don’t think the destruction of any kind is necessary,” said community member Sarah Schwendinger. Many in the Jewish community said Confederate symbols bring great pain to those directly impacted, and this needs to end. “We need to bring people that feel that pain back into our community, unify our country and move forward,” said Seidle. Congressman Scott Peters (D-52nd Dist.) spoke at the event as well as Rabbis from the community. They told NBC 7 they’ll continue to hold events like these and they will always be focused on a message of hope and non-violence. Published at 11:14 PM PDT on Aug 15, 2017 | Updated at 7:45 AM PDT on Aug 16, 2017

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Why do white supremacists hate Jews? Because we Jews can fight them. – Washington Post

By Danya Ruttenberg By Danya Ruttenberg August 16 at 6:00 AM White nationalists staged a torchlit march on the campus of the University of Virginia on Aug.11, ahead of a planned far-right rally. (Instagram/anonymous via Storyful) Anti-Semitism is again back in the news. Some of the posters atthe Charlottesville white supremacist demonstrations this weekend featured a man taking a hammer to a Star of David the biggest threat, the thing that needs to be destroyed. Marchers chanted Jews will not replace us and Blood and soil!, a direct translation of the Nazi slogan blut und boden, which plays on the notion of Jews as powerful, dangerous interlopers. This comes toward the end of a summer that included the Chicago Dyke Marchejectingparticipants with a Star of David on a gay pride flag on the misguided-at-best grounds that it went against the marchs anti-racist core values and heated debates about whether Gal Gadot, an Ashkenazi Israeli, isa person of color. Particularly in recent years, there has rightfully beenincreased talk about the ways in which many Ashkenazi Jews in America do have white privilege. So are we oppressed? Or what? The reasons that question may feel complicated go back around a thousand years. Since the dawn of modern anti-Semitism, hatred toward Jews has been deeply intertwined with the idea of Jews having unique sorts of advantages. [Why Jews have a special obligation to resist Trump] In the Middle Ages, Jews were barred from many trades and professions, and it was sometimes illegal for Jews to own land. It was convenient forlocal authorities to permit Jews to work in trades that were repugnant to Christians most notably moneylending, which was associated in the Christian world with depravity and sin. From a Jewish perspective, moneylending was a useful line of work for two reasons. First, it was somewhat portable, and when times were lucky it enabled our ancestors to have liquid assets both of which were practical during an era when expulsions of Jews from villages and even whole countries were not uncommon. It was also profitable. Most late medieval and early modern European polities taxed Jews at jaw-droppingly high rates, so loaning out money was essential for communities survival. A very small subset of Jews began handling money because it was a viable option and a practical necessity. And then they were resented for it and identified with the work in a way that Christian bankers never were. Evenas early as 1233, anti-Semitic drawings depicted the usuriousJew, using many of the same themes one might find in a quick Google search. Most Jews throughout history lived a fairly precarious existence, economically and otherwise. Many times in history we have been tolerated, and even embraced, by the rulers and locals of our host country. But we have also been subject to expulsions, pogroms, Inquisitions and genocide many times over often, indeed, fueled by the trope of the greedy, crooked Jew serving as the scapegoat for other stresses and complexities in society. Often, the shift from living in peace to the bottom dropping out happened very quickly. So heres the paradox: Anti-Semitism and Jewish privilege are, and have long been, two sides of the same coin. Even now, I feel it keenly. On the one hand, Jews as a category are thus far shielded from the state violence that a lot of other groups are experiencing. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is not seeking us out as a group; we are not being barred from the military or being singled out in a travel ban. Although of course there are Jews of all levels of economic security in this country, American Jews as a collective do have a lot more social and cultural capital than many other groups, and we are not as vulnerable as other communities under attack. The reasons are various; a big one, though, is that many American Jews families have been established here for a century or more and, over that time, Ashkenazi Jews were able to assimilate into the broader culture and become white. [Jews struggled for decades to become white. Now we must give up white privilege to fight racism.] Yet at the same time, anti-Semitism is functioning as it has for centuries. Trumps attacks on Soros globalists, White House adviser Stephen Millers claim that a reporter had cosmopolitan bias (a phrase that has longtime anti-Semitic connotations despite Millers own Jewish origins), the Star of David superimposed on money in the infamous Trump tweet last year, the dog whistles in the Trumps final campaign ad and the posters and chants in Charlottesville all depend on a centuries-old, manufactured narrative of Jews as wealthy, powerful and in control. As this rhetoric gets louder, were seeing more targeted hate: Jewish graveyards have been vandalized at least five times this year, and the Holocaust Memorial in Boston was smashed for the second time this summer on Monday. That shift from relative peace to something else can happen so quickly in the blink of an eye. Some members of the Jewish community are feeling our centuries-deep intergenerational trauma keenly, experiencing this era as nothing short of terrifying, with memories of pogrom torches and swastika flags looming large. But this isnt the time to hunker down. Its the time to stand up. I, for one, have advantages that my ancestors in Europe never dreamed of, and this includes the social capital to fight bigotry with full force and power. We as a community have an obligation to stand up for those who are more vulnerable to both institutional and random attacks, as well as to embody the full bad-assery of an elderly woman photographed on Sunday in New York holding a sign that said, I escaped the Nazis once. You will not defeat me now. Our work right now is to fight every kind of bigotry and hate head on. Read more: Trumps conspiracy theories sound anti-Semitic. Does he even realize it? Im a rabbi who was arrested protesting Trumps travel ban. It was a holy act. Donald Trump is wicked. As a rabbi, I had to protest his AIPAC speech.

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San Diego Jewish community rallies against hate – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Leaders of San Diego’s Jewish community on Tuesday night condemned white supremacists and hatred in response to the deadly violence that broke out during a rally by neo-Nazis and other extremist groups in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Speaking in front of hundreds of people during a forum at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, local rabbis and others evoked the horrors of the Holocaust to underscore the importance of speaking out against hate. I personally know what it is like to be discriminated against, Holocaust survivor Franny Lebovits told the crowd. But to remember is not enough, the 94-year-old Lebovits said. Rabbi Yael Ridberg of Congregation Dor Hadash said her message was one that was simultaneously ancient and urgent. We must not be tolerant of intolerance,” she said. “We cannot turn a blind eye to what is in plain sight. We, Jews, we remember the cost of silence. Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, also addressed the crowd, echoing statements he made Sunday evening at a unity vigil in front of the County Administration Center. The Greatest Generation did not fight Nazis so Nazis could walk around empowered, he said to applause, adding that the fight against hate is far from over. “Don’t lose heart, he told the crowd. “The struggle is not over, but were making progress, and were going to win. Rabbi Nadav Caine of Ner Tamid Synagogue led a prayer in honor of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed when a car mowed down a group of counter protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday. The suspected driver, James Alex Fields, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder in Heyers death. The event at the Jewish center in University City was organized by the Anti-Defamation League, the San Diego Rabbinic Association and the Leichtag Foundation, an Encinitas-based Jewish organization. Email: david.hernandez@sduniontribune.com Phone: (619) 293-1876 Twitter: @D4VIDHernandez

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Poland seeks Jewish-American lawyers – The Jerusalem Post

The Nazi slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free) is pictured at the gates of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland January 27, 2017, to mark the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet troops and to remember the vi. (photo credit:AGENCY GAZETA/KUBA OCIEPA/VIA REUTERS) Polish seijm [parliament] member Krystyna Pawlowicz, of the ruling Law and Justice party (PIS) recently expressed her hope on Facebook that Poland will be successful in wining compensations from Germany for the horrors of the Nazi occupation of Poland during the Second World War. Pawlowicz regretted that Poland doesnt have legal experts who are skillful in this sort of project and claimed that while Poland has legal scholars they wouldnt want to risk their EU funding, which she claimed originates from Germany. Ergo, she suggested, let us turn immediately, today, to the best Jewish, American [sic] legal firms to get consultation on the issue of Polish claims from Germany. Shes not the only one in Poland who believes Germany owns Poland war reparation Telewizja Repulika, a Polish television channel, ran a story covering this issue with a special graphic on the webpage imitating the gate of Auschwitz with the caption: Reparation sets you free instead of the infamous Work sets you free [Arbeit macht frei]. While Poles were never seen by the Nazi state as a people who must be destroyed like the Jews, the Nazis were certain that the Poles should be confined to the role of an illiterate slave race and reduced to illiteracy, with their history and culture forgotten and forbidden. Around three million non-Jewish Poles were killed by the Nazis, in Poland, its often mentioned that this number is equal to the number of 3 million Jewish citizens of Poland killed in the Holocaust. Leading some to mistake the similarity in numbers as a similarity of the very different historical realities of Jewish-Poles and non-Jewish Poles under the Nazis, one marked for destruction, and the other to a life of slavery to a Master-Race. The Auschwitz Museum expressed anger of this primitive manipulation of painful symbols and suggested that the creators of the graphics lack any understanding of history. The television channel removed the graphic from its twitter account but not from its website. After WW2 ended, the Polish People s Republic [RPL] declined to accept war reparations from Western Germany in 1953. Some Polish legal experts argue the validity of that decision as that state collapsed in 1989 when democratic Poland was established. Share on facebook

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