Holocaust Survivors Issue Open Letter Warning of ‘Unchecked Anti-Semitism’ in U.S.

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 2, 2021 | 9:51am EDT
(U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)
(U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

(CNS News) -- In the wake of the anti-Semitic demonstrations and attacks that have occurred in this country, apparently in response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a group of Holocaust survivors published an open letter to American leaders and citizens, calling on them to “forcefully reject anti-Semitism and the misuse of the Holocaust in our national discourse.”

In the May 28 letter posted on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website, the survivors expressed their deep appreciation and admiration of America, their “adopted homeland.” 

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“Yet today, our solemn obligation to the memory of those who were murdered in the most destructive eruption of anti-Semitism the world has ever experienced compels us to write this open letter to our leaders and fellow citizens,” the letter reads.

“We are seeing an alarming confluence of events that we never imagined we would witness in our adopted homeland,” they wrote. “We cannot remain silent in the wake of the recent anti-Semitic attacks in cities and towns across the country. We know firsthand the danger of unchecked anti-Semitism.”

“This targeted violence is happening as we also watch with great dismay a persistent and increasing tendency in American public life to invoke the Holocaust for the purpose of promoting another agenda,” said the survivors.  

(Screenshot, YouTube)
(Screenshot, YouTube)

“It is deeply painful for us to see our personal history—the systematic destruction of our families and communities and murder of six million Jewish men, women, and children—exploited in this way,” they wrote. “What we survived should be remembered, studied, and learned from, but never misused.”

The letter concludes, “We thank those leaders in government and other sectors of American society, including business, academia, religious, and civic, who have forcefully rejected anti-Semitism and the misuse of the Holocaust in our national discourse. We call on all leaders and citizens to do the same.”

Below are the names of the Holocaust survivors who signed the letter:

Katie A., survivor from Austria

Ralph B., survivor from The Netherlands

Ruth C., survivor from Czechoslovakia

Frank C., survivor from Germany

A Jewish couple in Nazi-occupied Europe.  (ADL)
A Jewish couple in Nazi-occupied Europe. (ADL)

Joan D., survivor from Poland

Ania D., survivor from Poland

Marcel D., survivor from Poland

Maria D., survivor from Poland

Ruth E., survivor from Poland

Arye E., survivor from Czechoslovakia

Peter F., survivor from Germany

Ninetta F., survivor from Greece

Steven F., survivor from Yugoslavia

Allan F., survivor from Poland

Gideon F., survivor from Czechoslovakia

Albert G., survivor from France

Agi G., survivor from Hungary

Rachel G., survivor from Poland

Peter G., survivor from Hungary

Tamar H., survivor from Yugoslavia

(U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)
(U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Julie K., survivor from Poland

Mark K., survivor from Ukraine

Theodora K., survivor from Yugoslavia

Maryla K., survivor from Poland

Lisa K., survivor from Italy

Peter L., survivor from Germany

Estelle L., survivor from Poland

Louise L., survivor from The Netherlands

Frank L., survivor from Germany

Emanuel M., survivor from Latvia

Alfred M., survivor from The Netherlands

Joel N., survivor from France

Jill P., survivor from Germany

Kurt P., survivor from Germany

Halina P., survivor from Poland

George P., survivor from Hungary

Samuel P., survivor from Poland

The old railway track into the death camp Auschwitz, in Poland.
The old railway track into the death camp Auschwitz, in Poland.

Sylvia R., survivor from Poland

Rita R., survivor from Romania

George S., survivor from Hungary

Nat S., survivor from Romania

Alex S., survivor from France

Rose-Helene S., survivor from France

Esther S., survivor from Germany

Peter S., survivor from Czechoslovakia

Josie T., survivor from Belgium

Susan W., survivor from Germany

Henry W., survivor from Austria

Irene W., survivor from Czechoslovakia

Martin W., survivor from Czechoslovakia

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