Needs of Holocaust survivors are ignored

Letters | Canadian Jewish News | March 31, 1999

I agree with D.M. Schonberger (CJN, Dec. 24) that the remarks of Irving Abella were deeply offensive. To refer to the Holocaust as a “metaphor” in education (CJN, Dec. 3), whatever his meaning, is an insult to all of us who lost members of our family.

Unfortunately his insensitive words reflect the attitude of an elite group of Jewish leaders, who for many years avoided Holocaust education, as if it had never happened, and later appeared to use it as a bargaining position.

For this reason, many of us who returned from the services in 1945, remained ignorant of the mass killings in Nazi death camps until years later.


Samuel Levy, Ph.D.