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A Sobering Reminder of Reality

Auschwitz concentration camp Auschwitz concentration camp (Photo: istockphoto.com)

A recently discovered telegram from the Nazi era, coupled with her daughter’s class trip to view the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, have columnist Ruthie Blum thinking about the persistence of violent anti-Semitism:

What is striking about this telegram is not its contents -- which simply constitute yet further evidence ‎of the warm relations between the Nazis and the mufti -- but rather how similar its sentiments are to ‎those regularly voiced today. Not in Germany, where one could face charges for such anti-‎Semitic rhetoric, but in the Arab world and Palestinian Authority. ‎

In other words, my daughter did not have to travel to Europe for a tour of Hitler's gas chambers to be ‎exposed to a purposeful and concerted effort to wipe her and her classmates off the face of the ‎earth.‎

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