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Commentary; Wiesenthal Appeal for Funds Descends Into Exaggeration and Divisiveness
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Konviser, Bruce I
Date: Nov 9, 2003
Start Page: M.5
Section: Opinion; Part M; Editorial Pages Desk
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The appeal, signed by Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Wiesenthal Center, went on to cite "15 violent attacks on Jewish individuals" in Britain during the first three months of this year. And in Berlin, a man wearing a Star of David necklace was spat on, kicked and called a "dirty Jew" -- and police failed to arrest anyone.

This is tantamount to revisionist history. To claim that incidents of anti-Semitism in Europe today are comparable to what went on just before World War II is an affront to those who perished and those who suffered under the Nazis. Today is the 65th anniversary of Kristallnacht -- the Night of Broken Glass -- and a time to remember what happened in 1938 in Nazi territory: "Rampaging mobs ... freely attacked Jews in the street, in their homes and at their places of work and worship. At least 96 Jews were killed and hundreds more injured, more than 1,000 synagogues were burned (and possibly as many as 2,000), almost 7,500 Jewish businesses were destroyed, cemeteries and schools were vandalized, and 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps," according to the Jewish Virtual Library, of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.

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