Archive for the ‘Holocaust Education’ Category

More Catholic School Teachers to the ADL Guilt Chambers

July 7, 2012

U.S. Catholic School Educators Will Visit Holy Land on ADL Mission to Israel

New York, NY, July 6, 2012 … A group of Catholic school educators from 10 states across the country will be traveling to the Holy Land on an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mission that aims to provide an advance course of study on anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Catholic-Jewish relations.

The 19 participants in the nationally acclaimed ADL Bearing Witness Advanced™ program will be traveling in Israel July 11-18, where they will visit Christian and Jewish holy sites and meet with Holocaust survivors, members of the Israeli government, Arab Israelis, Israeli journalists, Catholic dignitaries, Jewish community leaders, interfaith experts and scholars [but no Palestinian Christians].

The educators represent middle and high schools in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Illinois and California.

“This mission is essential to helping Catholic educators gain a deeper understanding of the historic relationship between the Catholic and Jewish communities and develop the tools needed to teach about the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and modern-day Israel,” said David Waren, ADL Director of Education. “Now in its 8th year, the ADL Bearing Witness Advanced program continues to give Catholic educators the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the Jewish state and enhance their appreciation of the country and its history. The educators are then able to bring these experiences and lessons home to their students, fellow educators and communities” …

Full artice:

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ChJew_31/6344_31.htm

Also see:

Rabbis Preach Guilt in Catholic Schools

Catholic School Teachers Programmed to “Bear Witness” to Holocaustolatry

ADL Expands ‘Holocaust’ ‘Education’ Workshop

Pope Appoints ‘Holocaust’ Guilt Booster to Council Overseeing Catholic Education

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‘Western’ Interest in ‘Arab Spring’ is, inter alia, about Sending Arab Children to the Guilt Chambers

August 23, 2011

“Now that the Arab masses are applying the universal lessons of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in taking down their authoritarian governments, it is time they take back the learning of history, too. That includes teaching their children the universal lessons of the Holocaust.” (Robert Satloff, “Why Palestinians Should Learn About the Holocaust,” The New York Times, March 29, 2011)

My translation and corrections:

“I, Robert Satloff, Executive Director of AIPAC’s Kahal for Judaizing U.S. Foreign Policy which we deceptively call ‘Washington Institute for Near East Policy,’ don’t subscribe to universal rights and values myself but I invoke such concepts when speaking to the Goyim because they like that goyishe dreck.

“We’ve trained the Goyim to believe that ‘authoritarians’ are evil so we call the people we want them to hate ‘authoritarian’ so they won’t care when we send Goy armies to bomb and kill the ‘authoritarians’ and anyone within hundreds of miles of them. We launch our invasions of the ‘authoritarian’ nations on our day of vengeance, Purim so the shrewd Yidden know these wars are for us. The dumb Goyim don’t understand these things.

“Once the ‘authoritarians’ (whom we have oftentimes installed in the first place) are hung like Haman, we bring in ‘Democracy’ and by framing and controlling the discourse and selective distribution of funds we ‘democratically’ install another leader who will assert our self-chosen authority by proxy.

By character and literal assassination we eliminate opposition to our proxies by any intelligent, benevolent person who would represent the common good of the native population because that would be against our interest.

“This is where we spring our guilt chambers on the Arabs (get it? ‘Arab Spring’?). We can’t have Arabs thinking they are more persecuted than us as we bomb and shoot them and steal their land and resources so we’ll send them to the guilt chambers and then they’ll behave more like the stupid Americans who kill for us even as we heap trillions of dollars of debt upon them.

“Trillions in unpayable debt is another thing we’ll spring on those Arabs when the ‘authoritarians’ are gone. It will keep them docile, like the Americans, except when we want them to kill.

“We’ll spring ‘dialogue’ on them which means that we will authoritatively dictate our terms to them while striking insincere poses of mutual respect and understanding.

We’ll spring religious leaders on them who wear traditional garments but impose Holocaust guilt on them like we have done to those stupid Catholics. We’ll have the Arabs prostrating themselves before our holy Holocaust relics and, like the Catholics, they’ll be no trouble to us as we build our Jewish kingdom. Then we will marvel at how greatly Hashem has blessed us.”

Florida Residents Fight Taxpayer Bailout for ‘Holocaust’ ‘Museum’

July 19, 2011

We’ve all heard tales of Nazis forcing ‘The Jews’ to dig their own graves. Today, the Hollywood, Florida mob is scheming to get Florida taxpayers to finance their own guilt chamber.

Harry “Hap” Levy
Rositta Kenigsberg

Hollywood may forgive $1.7 million loan to Holocaust center

Megan O’Matz – Sun Sentinel

July 17, 2011

Hollywood Florida: Holocaust Documentation & Education Center loan

Eight years ago this city embraced the prospect of providing a home in the downtown for a Holocaust museum and education center that would fit nicely into the city’s intellectual core: its arts and cultural district.

Like many grand projects, this one ran into unforeseen obstacles in renovating an old building and in raising funds. The center is functional but the museum has yet to open.
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On Monday morning, the City Commission, acting as its redevelopment board, will consider a plan to forgive $1.7 million the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center owes in principal and interest for the purchase of its building, at 2031 Harrison St.

The city, however, is facing a $38 million budget deficit in 2012 and has voted tentatively to increase property taxes and firefighting fees. So the prospect of its redevelopment arm writing off a $1.7 million loan is creating some consternation.

“It looks extremely bad,” said retired attorney Sara Case, who edits a blog about city finances.

Leaders of Hollywood’s Community Redevelopment Agency stress that redevelopment funds — used to attract and retain businesses — legally cannot be used to offset shortfalls in the general revenue fund, which pay city operating expenses.

But the city’s coffers and the CRA’s both are financed with tax dollars, making forgiving the $1.7 million loan unappetizing to some.

“It’s just not right to give this money away,” city activist Peter Brewer said.

CRA officials believe they have a plan that will still safeguard the public’s money.

The loan forgiveness comes with a caveat. The center, which has collected thousands of documents, photos, artifacts and oral histories of Holocaust survivors, must open a museum on the ground floor in about 18 months and actively run it for 10 years.

If successful, under the proposal the center eventually will outright own the Harrison Street building, which now houses its offices, library and classroom space. If unsuccessful, however, the building will revert back to the CRA.

“Hopefully this will create the opportunity for them to get going, and if they don’t get going then we’ll get the asset back,” CRA Executive Director Jorge Camejo said.

The only cost to the center: $18,300 in administrative fees spread out over several years.

This is not the first time the CRA has come to the center’s rescue. It agreed in 2004 that the center would not have to begin paying back its $1.2 million loan for three years. Then in September 2005, it gave the center a $50,000 grant for roof repairs.

In 2007, the CRA forgave another $500,000 loan for renovations. That same year it gave the center three more years to begin paying on the 2004 loan.

In 2008, the center revised its plans and bought a separate building in Hollywood for $850,000, without city funds, at 115 S. 21st Ave. The center now plans to house its major museum there and install a traveling exhibition gallery on the ground floor of the Harrison Street building.

In October of last year, the center finally was to begin repaying the CRA loan — in monthly payments of $16,026 through 2024 — but told the city it could not because of unexpectedly high renovation costs at the Harrison Street building. City documents state the center spent $4 million on renovations while the appraised value of the building dropped.

By last year, the principal and interest on the loan had accrued to $1.7 million. The center and CRA agreed to renegotiate the terms.

The center’s director, Rositta Kenigsberg, said she welcomes the opportunity to work with the city to bring the museum to fruition.

“This is a mutually beneficial partnership, and we look forward to our future endeavors together,” she said.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/hollywood/fl-hollywood-holocaust-museum-20110717,0,861221.story

Mandatory ‘Holocaust’ ‘Education’ in Brazil

October 21, 2010

Porto Alegre first Brazilian city to make Holocaust education mandatory in schools

A new law passed by authorities the city of Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil, will require all public schools to include Holocaust education in their curriculum. The measure will affect an estimated 60,000 students at 96 schools …

Full article:

http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/9633

Shoah Business Capital Gets its own ‘Holocaust’ Temple

October 17, 2010

I get the logic. In a town like L.A. it can be very easy to forget how victimized ‘The Jews’ are.

I wonder, are the children of Mexican dishwashers as susceptible to baseless, forced guilt as the descendants of WWII canon fodder? I hope not, because ending this lunacy may depend upon them.

Holocaust museum opens in L.A.

October 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — A $19 million Holocaust museum opened in a popular recreational area in Los Angeles.

Civic dignitaries and Holocaust survivors were on hand Oct. 14 for the official opening of The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park, near the old Jewish Fairfax district.

Admission will be free, said the museum’s board president, E. Randol Schoenberg. Among the visitors each year will be an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 high school students taking state-mandated Holocaust instruction.

full article:

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/10/17/2741315/holocaust-museum-opens-in-la

ADL Expands ‘Holocaust’ ‘Education’ Workshop

October 13, 2010

I’ve been warning of this assault on the minds of children since 2005 to a largely apathetic traditional Catholic movement. I hope traditional Catholics aren’t waiting for a sign from The Remnant, CFN, “the Fatima Priest,” Bishop Fellay and the rest of traditionalism’s leading lights as to the seriousness of this problem.

ADL revises annual Holocaust education programs

By Ryan Torok – Jewish Journal

Oct. 13, 2010

The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual Holocaust Education Workshop, which emphasizes Holocaust education in the classroom and will feature four sessions Nov. 3-10, will, for the first time, overlap with “Bearing Witness,” the organization’s long-running, three-day workshop for Catholic-school teachers, seminarians and priests, which takes place Nov. 7-9.

Attendees from the two programs will come together for an eight-hour intensive learning session Nov. 7 at American Jewish University, where topics will include the “History of Anti-Semitism,” “Guidelines and Methodologies for Teaching the Holocaust,” “History of the Holocaust” and “Israel and Modern Anti-Semitism.”

The last, a new addition to the workshop curriculum, examines the “linkage between what happened in the Holocaust and how Israel is perceived around the world now,” said ADL Pacific Southwest Regional Director Amanda Susskind.

Father Dennis McManus, a consultant on Catholic-Jewish affairs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will speak at the “Bearing Witness” program, which, Susskind said, is “a program tailored to the Catholic-school experience.”

Its purpose, Susskind added, “is not just to teach about the Holocaust, but to teach about the miraculous change in the Catholic-Jewish relationship in the last 40 years.”

Father Alexei Smith, ecumenical and interreligious officer for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said he hopes teachers don’t confuse the two ADL workshops as being in competition with each other.

“I’m a little afraid that one will outdo the other,” Smith said. “I know teachers, [and] they only have so much time to come to programs.”

Earlier this month, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in partnership with Loyola Marymount University (LMU), similarly revised its 10th annual Southern California Teacher Forum on Holocaust Education. Organizers for the program, which is held at LMU, for the first time developed the agenda with Catholic educators in mind.

http://www.jewishjournal.com/community/article/adl_revises_annual_holocaust_education_programs_20101013/

Also see:

Rabbis Preach Guilt in Catholic Schools

Catholic School Teachers Programmed to “Bear Witness” to Holocaustolatry

Chief Rabbis Ask Pope for Holocaust Studies Requirement in Catholic Schools

Lansdale Catholic High School Wins "Generous, Coveted Prize" for Excellence in Holocaustolatry

July 2, 2009

The Noahide faith is strong at this formerly Catholic High School.

Holocaust Arts Contest as a Way to Teach Tolerance

July 02, 2009

Lynn B. Edelman – Jewish Federation Feature

Eileen Hildenbrand, chairperson of the English Department at Lansdale Catholic High School, expressed her delight at learning that her school will soon receive a coveted prize from the sponsors of the recent Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition on the Holocaust — the Clara Isaacman Memorial Holocaust Trunk: “This generous gift, valued at more than $1,500, will provide our students with a wealth of Holocaust educational materials that we did not currently have, and will be utilized by our students in a variety of subjects.”

Hildenbrand explained that the Holocaust is explored through the prism of many subject areas at the school, including English, social studies and theology.

“It is an important topic for our students, who are not only United States citizens, but also citizens of the world,” she said, adding that “since we are a Catholic school, our students need to learn about other groups.”

Hildenbrand said she hopes that this knowledge will help to promote tolerance, understanding and respect for others.

She also said that she believes the motto so closely associated with Holocaust education — “Remember not to forget” — has great relevance in today’s society.

“Genocide is a current problem in many parts of the world; perhaps we can learn from the past how to address this issue today,” she pondered.

This is the third time Hildenbrand’s students have been honored by the competition’s judges.

“We encourage our students to enter because it is through the arts that students can explore and express their feelings,” she said.

Students in her English I class created commemorative postage stamps to honor those lost in the Holocaust and/or those Righteous Gentiles who acted to prevent the loss of Jewish lives.

Hildenbrand emphasized that “the role of the Righteous Gentile [see: Noahide] is especially relevant for our students.”

This project was the culminating activity in the students’ exploration of the Holocaust. In preparation, they read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Seniors viewed the movie “Schindler’s List,” while freshmen saw “Miracle at Midnight” to emphasize the role that many Christians played in saving friends and neighbors from the hands of the Nazis.

To help these young people understand the concept of 6 million Holocaust victims, several student groups also saw “Paper Clips,” a movie that documented one school’s project to collect one paper clip for each Jewish life lost.

Hildenbrand’s colleague, Elizabeth Burgoon, helped her senior class to create scrapbooks that marked the lives of various fictional people who lived during the Holocaust through letters and pictures. To prepare for this competition entry, students read Night by Elie Weisel and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a book by Irish novelist John Boyne that was recently made into an award-winning movie.

Throughout the course of their school experience, the Catholic students will have much exposures to Holocaust studies, as well as ample opportunity for discussion. Said Hildenbrand: “We are trying to help them gain knowledge about a very dark period in history and learn from the past how to create a better world.”

The multimedia entries from Lansdale Catholic High School students and other competition participants were displayed from June 3 through June 15 at the Moore College of Art & Design.

Award winners were honored during a ceremony at the college on June 8.

The Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition, now in its 36th year, provides students in grades seven to 12, of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, with a chance to respond to the Holocaust and its related issues through creative expression. Students are encouraged to submit original written, musical, art, film and creative dance works that focus on Holocaust themes.

The contest is sponsored by the Memorial Committee for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, in cooperation with the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Sons and Daughters of Holocaust Survivors, Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors Association of Philadelphia, Samuel Pelta Holocaust Education Endowment, Jewish Publication Society and Moore College of Art & Design. It is named in honor of Mordechai Anielewicz, the 19-year-old leader of the Jewish revolt against the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto.

For more information, call Beth Razin at Federation: 215-832-0536 (e-mail: brazin@jfgp.org).

http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/19151/

Lansdale Catholic High School Wins "Generous, Coveted Prize" for Excellence in Holocaustolatry

July 2, 2009

The Noahide faith is strong at this formerly Catholic High School.

Holocaust Arts Contest as a Way to Teach Tolerance

July 02, 2009

Lynn B. Edelman – Jewish Federation Feature

Eileen Hildenbrand, chairperson of the English Department at Lansdale Catholic High School, expressed her delight at learning that her school will soon receive a coveted prize from the sponsors of the recent Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition on the Holocaust — the Clara Isaacman Memorial Holocaust Trunk: “This generous gift, valued at more than $1,500, will provide our students with a wealth of Holocaust educational materials that we did not currently have, and will be utilized by our students in a variety of subjects.”

Hildenbrand explained that the Holocaust is explored through the prism of many subject areas at the school, including English, social studies and theology.

“It is an important topic for our students, who are not only United States citizens, but also citizens of the world,” she said, adding that “since we are a Catholic school, our students need to learn about other groups.”

Hildenbrand said she hopes that this knowledge will help to promote tolerance, understanding and respect for others.

She also said that she believes the motto so closely associated with Holocaust education — “Remember not to forget” — has great relevance in today’s society.

“Genocide is a current problem in many parts of the world; perhaps we can learn from the past how to address this issue today,” she pondered.

This is the third time Hildenbrand’s students have been honored by the competition’s judges.

“We encourage our students to enter because it is through the arts that students can explore and express their feelings,” she said.

Students in her English I class created commemorative postage stamps to honor those lost in the Holocaust and/or those Righteous Gentiles who acted to prevent the loss of Jewish lives.

Hildenbrand emphasized that “the role of the Righteous Gentile [see: Noahide] is especially relevant for our students.”

This project was the culminating activity in the students’ exploration of the Holocaust. In preparation, they read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Seniors viewed the movie “Schindler’s List,” while freshmen saw “Miracle at Midnight” to emphasize the role that many Christians played in saving friends and neighbors from the hands of the Nazis.

To help these young people understand the concept of 6 million Holocaust victims, several student groups also saw “Paper Clips,” a movie that documented one school’s project to collect one paper clip for each Jewish life lost.

Hildenbrand’s colleague, Elizabeth Burgoon, helped her senior class to create scrapbooks that marked the lives of various fictional people who lived during the Holocaust through letters and pictures. To prepare for this competition entry, students read Night by Elie Weisel and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a book by Irish novelist John Boyne that was recently made into an award-winning movie.

Throughout the course of their school experience, the Catholic students will have much exposures to Holocaust studies, as well as ample opportunity for discussion. Said Hildenbrand: “We are trying to help them gain knowledge about a very dark period in history and learn from the past how to create a better world.”

The multimedia entries from Lansdale Catholic High School students and other competition participants were displayed from June 3 through June 15 at the Moore College of Art & Design.

Award winners were honored during a ceremony at the college on June 8.

The Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition, now in its 36th year, provides students in grades seven to 12, of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, with a chance to respond to the Holocaust and its related issues through creative expression. Students are encouraged to submit original written, musical, art, film and creative dance works that focus on Holocaust themes.

The contest is sponsored by the Memorial Committee for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education, in cooperation with the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Sons and Daughters of Holocaust Survivors, Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors Association of Philadelphia, Samuel Pelta Holocaust Education Endowment, Jewish Publication Society and Moore College of Art & Design. It is named in honor of Mordechai Anielewicz, the 19-year-old leader of the Jewish revolt against the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto.

For more information, call Beth Razin at Federation: 215-832-0536 (e-mail: brazin@jfgp.org).

http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/19151/

James von Brunn: The Shimon ben Yohai of "The White Race, " and His Contribution to Holocaustolatry

June 12, 2009

Manchurian candidate, James von Brunn has prepared the altar. Now comes the procession of bishops to incense the idol of Holocaustolatry, once again. The liturgical season of “The Holocaust” never ends.

James von Brunn, like the rabbis, is an anti-Christian racial determinist. He’s mentally programmed to behave in an anti-Christian rabbinic manner. Like the rabbis, who teach that “Amalek” is a genetically programmed enemy of “The Jews” and cannot be reasoned with and therefore must be killed, HERE, HERE, and HERE, so does James von Brunn believe that “The Jews” are genetically programmed enemies of “The White Race” and cannot be reasoned with and therefore must be killed, HERE (scroll to bottom). In essence, there is no difference between James von Brunn and Rabbi Shimon ben Yohai who he paraphrased in the title of his book, Kill the Best Gentiles. But one of these race haters is sainted while the other will live in infamy in accordance with the crazy double-standards of this crazy, racist world, which the bishops honor above all.

And here is Cardinal George sanctifying the “hallowed space” of the U.S. Holocaust Museum and calling for more “education” against every kind of bias (except pro-Judaic bias, of course). No, Cardinal George, the world needs the Gospel, the teachings of Jesus Christ which your elder brothers are attempting to destroy with their “education” and Holocaustolatry.

Cardinal calls shooting at US Holocaust museum ‘appalling’

Friday 12 June 2009

WASHINGTON (CNS) – The president of the United States bishops’ conference called the June 10 shooting at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum that left a security guard dead “appalling”.

James von Brunn, identified as an 88-year-old Holocaust denier and white supremacist, opened fire in the Washington museum and fatally shot guard Stephen Johns, 39, according to The Associated Press.

The shooting “was a deplorable act of violence and a violation of a hallowed space in our nation’s capital,” said Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago in a statement released June 11 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.

“This tragic incident only serves to reinforce the need for continued education throughout society against bias of every kind, but most especially racial and religious prejudice,” he said.

In a separate statement Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington said June 11 the murder was “particularly distressing given the museum’s special mission to educate our world about violence and be a living reminder of the harm that comes from hatred and anger.”

“It is our prayer that Mr. Johns rest in God’s eternal embrace and that this loss be a call to each of us for a renewed commitment to building a world of peace and respect for all people,” Archbishop Wuerl said.

The archdiocese collaborates with the museum, the bishops’ conference and other groups each year to train Catholic school educators to teach their students about anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, prejudice and Catholic-Jewish relations.

In his statement Cardinal George said that that “by preserving the memory of the 6 million Jews who died in the Shoah, the museum speaks to the consciences of all who pass through its doors and hear the powerful stories of the innocent men, women and children who lost their lives at the hands of a criminal regime.”

He noted that annually millions of the visitors to the museum “learn of the dangers of unchecked hatred and of the need to prevent genocide wherever it threatens.”

The cardinal, on behalf of the U.S. bishops, offered condolences to the Johns family and said the Catholic leaders are “committed to promoting human dignity and interreligious peace throughout our nation.”

“We echo the words of Pope Benedict XVI: ‘May the Shoah be a warning for all against forgetfulness, denial or reductionism, because violence committed against one single human being is violence against all,'” he said.

http://www.nzcatholic.org.nz/viewDocument.aspx?DocumentID=1779

James von Brunn: The Shimon ben Yohai of "The White Race, " and His Contribution to Holocaustolatry

June 12, 2009

Manchurian candidate, James von Brunn has prepared the altar. Now comes the procession of bishops to incense the idol of Holocaustolatry, once again. The liturgical season of “The Holocaust” never ends.

James von Brunn, like the rabbis, is an anti-Christian racial determinist. He’s mentally programmed to behave in an anti-Christian rabbinic manner. Like the rabbis, who teach that “Amalek” is a genetically programmed enemy of “The Jews” and cannot be reasoned with and therefore must be killed, HERE, HERE, and HERE, so does James von Brunn believe that “The Jews” are genetically programmed enemies of “The White Race” and cannot be reasoned with and therefore must be killed, HERE (scroll to bottom). In essence, there is no difference between James von Brunn and Rabbi Shimon ben Yohai who he paraphrased in the title of his book, Kill the Best Gentiles. But one of these race haters is sainted while the other will live in infamy in accordance with the crazy double-standards of this crazy, racist world, which the bishops honor above all.

And here is Cardinal George sanctifying the “hallowed space” of the U.S. Holocaust Museum and calling for more “education” against every kind of bias (except pro-Judaic bias, of course). No, Cardinal George, the world needs the Gospel, the teachings of Jesus Christ which your elder brothers are attempting to destroy with their “education” and Holocaustolatry.

Cardinal calls shooting at US Holocaust museum ‘appalling’

Friday 12 June 2009

WASHINGTON (CNS) – The president of the United States bishops’ conference called the June 10 shooting at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum that left a security guard dead “appalling”.

James von Brunn, identified as an 88-year-old Holocaust denier and white supremacist, opened fire in the Washington museum and fatally shot guard Stephen Johns, 39, according to The Associated Press.

The shooting “was a deplorable act of violence and a violation of a hallowed space in our nation’s capital,” said Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago in a statement released June 11 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.

“This tragic incident only serves to reinforce the need for continued education throughout society against bias of every kind, but most especially racial and religious prejudice,” he said.

In a separate statement Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington said June 11 the murder was “particularly distressing given the museum’s special mission to educate our world about violence and be a living reminder of the harm that comes from hatred and anger.”

“It is our prayer that Mr. Johns rest in God’s eternal embrace and that this loss be a call to each of us for a renewed commitment to building a world of peace and respect for all people,” Archbishop Wuerl said.

The archdiocese collaborates with the museum, the bishops’ conference and other groups each year to train Catholic school educators to teach their students about anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, prejudice and Catholic-Jewish relations.

In his statement Cardinal George said that that “by preserving the memory of the 6 million Jews who died in the Shoah, the museum speaks to the consciences of all who pass through its doors and hear the powerful stories of the innocent men, women and children who lost their lives at the hands of a criminal regime.”

He noted that annually millions of the visitors to the museum “learn of the dangers of unchecked hatred and of the need to prevent genocide wherever it threatens.”

The cardinal, on behalf of the U.S. bishops, offered condolences to the Johns family and said the Catholic leaders are “committed to promoting human dignity and interreligious peace throughout our nation.”

“We echo the words of Pope Benedict XVI: ‘May the Shoah be a warning for all against forgetfulness, denial or reductionism, because violence committed against one single human being is violence against all,'” he said.

http://www.nzcatholic.org.nz/viewDocument.aspx?DocumentID=1779