"The Nazis were bad people who didn’t like Jews," I heard myself saying to my 3-year-old.
I immediately questioned this rather disappointing explanation. Bad people? What does that mean?…Haven’t my wife and I always told our child that people aren’t "bad" or "good," even if they do bad or good things? And isn’t “didn’t like Jews” rather an understatement? But, then, what exactly should you tell such a young child about the Holocaust? I was in this predicament because of "The Sound of… >> Read More
Another week, another oops-we-made-clothing-reminiscent-of-the-Holocaust fiasco.
This time it was the children's retailer Gymboree, which had been selling a plaid dress with six-pointed star patch…suggestive of those that Nazis forced Jews to wear. Over the summer, it was Miu Miu with dresses and jean jackets featuring a similarly offending star, and before that Zara and Urban Outfitters—the latter two being serial offenders in the Nazi imagery department. (Zara had previously sold floral handbags featuring a decorative swastikas, and more recently… >> Read More
The children's retailer Gymboree had been selling a dress for toddlers bearing a star reminiscent of the patch Jews were made to wear in Nazi Europe — until social media criticism began pouring…in, and the company pulled the dress. One customer took to Facebook to air her outrage, writing that she “immediately felt sick as it reminded me so much of the patches worn by Jewish people during the Holocaust.” Others expressed similar concerns on Twitter. Gymboree responded by taking the dress off the market, and issuing this apology:… >> Read More
Debra Messing, the actress primarily known for playing Jewish interior decorator Grace Adler in the television situation comedy series Will And Grace, has been outspoken about her Jewish…identity--and anti-Semitism--in the past. Her words are a necessary reminder, especially in a time when elementary-school children have been taught the Nazi salute at a Vermont school. After the election, she called on Ivanka Trump to "set up" and be a positive example for Jewish moms. So when Messing, who is on the revival of Will… >> Read More
It seems there is no shortage of strange and troubling news about anti-Semitism recently. What makes one recent incident especially disconcerting and unsettling, however, is that it's about a teacher…who taught students in a Vermont elementary school the Nazi salute. Yup. Apparently, according to JTA, a Vermont substitute teacher was fired after she taught children how to make the Sieg Heil salute. Because that's a thing kids should learn, in her mind? It's one thing, of course, to teach kids about the Holocaust and… >> Read More