Letter to the editor:
Response to: Letter to the editor, published Nov. 2, 2018
After reading the Atlanta Jewish Times issue of Nov. 9, I am still grieving with the entire nation regarding the attack on the synagogue in Pittsburgh. I have been reflecting on the shameful and terrible comparison of Jews to Nazi Brown Shirts in the letter to the editor published in the Nov. 2 issue of the Atlanta Jewish Times.
This comparison is an insult to every Jew on either side of the political spectrum, including the writer’s own parents who did survive the Holocaust and those of my own family, along with 6 million other Jews, who did not. Also insulted were the 70,000 mentally and physically challenged of all religions that were murdered. We do not forget the 250,000 Jews who fought in World War I and the 550,000 Jews who fought the Nazis and Brown Shirts in World War II.
I know that writer was not alive during World War II, but I was, and for the last 10 years have been leading tours and have studied this period in history. The Brown Shirts (Sturmabteilung, SA Storm Attachment) was a Nazi paramilitary organization that played a large role in Hitler’s rise to power.
To compare fellow Jews who oppose her political views to Nazis Brown Shirts and “thugs” is an unforgivable insult. David Duke, Robert Bowers, Louis Farrakhan, David Irving and the BDS Movement would cheer her on as they continue to fuel more lies and tragedies.
Instead of being a voice for these extremist groups, I recommend that you visit local Jewish museums, Jewish exhibits, talk to your rabbis and join other Jews in our fight against anti-Semitism, rather than degrading fellow Jews and their heritage.
John Karp, Atlanta
Letter to the editor:
A morning we rise up like any other day
Only to find out 11 were taken away
They had gone to gather, to pray and to sit
Yet one’s hatred had to explode, take them away, and that was it
Moments of grief, hurt and pain
Continue as the endless reports try to make political gain
Sure, there are things we can fight and vote to appeal
But have you stopped to realize what those with the stars around their necks truly feel?
Weeks have passed, and I still get calls
Another anti-Semitic encounter makes them feel like their heads were punched into walls
Another friendship lost and another threat created
While the ignorant remarks add up and continue to be stated
Pain keeps coursing through our veins
As we scrape every bit of proudness for our faith that keeps us to sustain
The warmth of tears upon our cheeks remains to be fresh
But all we want to do is come together as one and mesh
Differences make us beautiful and that we should cherish
Not the things that tear us apart and make our people perish
Don’t let fear take away beliefs and roots that have made you proud
Now more than ever you should shout them out loud
Here’s to a future of being unapologetically Jewish in every way
As we hold our children close and tell them of this day
Arielle Berlinsky, Atlanta