Excerpt from Simon Wiesenthal Center D-Day message …
June 6, 2016
Seventy-two years ago- D-Day - a band of civilized men, farmhands, ordinary laborers, schoolteachers and students crossed an ocean to be part of a noble cause, to save the world from tyranny. It's easy to forget those boys who died on the beaches of Normandy to save our freedom. Boys we never knew, just ordinary Joes who left behind families, who wanted to marry and have children, but who had their dreams cut off forever so that their countrymen could continue to live as free men and women. We cannot repay them for their deeds but we can keep alive their memory and the noble cause for which they gave their lives.
Isn't it mind boggling that 72 years after the Nazi occupation of Europe, Jews in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Germany feel threatened and unwelcome? As a Belgian teacher recently told a Jewish student: "We should put all of you on freight wagons."
Today, in Europe, rabbis and leaders are voicing concerns that there may not be a future for Jews there because of rising anti-Semitism and Jew-hatred.
The work of the Wiesenthal Center has never been more critical ...
Rabbi Marvin Hier
Founder and Dean