DID YOU KNOW….
After Kristallnacht, Great Britain permitted over 10,000 Jewish unaccompanied children to enter.
In the US, 3 months before the St. Louis sailed, congressional leaders allowed a bill to die which would have admitted 20,000 Jewish children above the standing quota.
In 1948, after Israel declared independence, it became involved in its longest war against the Arab states. 1% of the Jewish population was killed and the Israelis struggled to get arms.
The build up to the 1967 war (50 years ago this June) was an attempt to erase the shame and defeat of 1948.
The phrase ‘in every generation they rise up against us,’ is from the Passover Haggadah. The full quote is ‘In each and every generation they rise up against us to destroy us. And the Holy One, blessed be He, rescues us from their hands.’
On February 21, 2017, President Trump came out and publicly condemned the rise in anti-Semitism across the U.S.
The desecration of Jewish gravestones which has just occurred in America also happened with frequency in Nazi Germany.
(LEFT – Desecration of a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia, February 27, 2017.)
(RIGHT – Desecration of the Playwright’s great grandparents’ gravestone by Nazis, Seigburg, Germany, 1938.)
This is the ‘stumbling stone’ known as stolperstein in German, a small brass plaque embedded in the sidewalk outside the apartment in Wesel where the playwright’s grandmother once lived.
The memorial reads: Here lived Frieda Kohlmann. Maiden name ‘Marx.’ Born 1888. Deported 1941. Murdered in Riga.