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The Crime of Being Jewish

Earlier this week, the name of Daniel Pearl was added to the Holocaust Memorial Wall in Miami. He is the first non-Holocaust victim to be added to the wall. Daniel Pearl died for the crime of being Jewish, which is … Read More

By / April 20, 2007

Earlier this week, the name of Daniel Pearl was added to the Holocaust Memorial Wall in Miami. He is the first non-Holocaust victim to be added to the wall.

Daniel Pearl died for the crime of being Jewish, which is the same reason the 30,000 other names on the wall also died and the six million who died in the Holocaust," said Norman Braman, chair of the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial Committee

I didn't realize this had transpired until I heard a local (Boca Raton, FL) Jewish American literature scholar mention it today. His concern is that, while what happened to Pearl is a horrific tragedy, it is not the same tragic fate met by those who perished in the Shoah. This scholar's contention is that this is the wrong way to memorialize Pearl. The implicit suggestion is that this addition to the wall minimizes the singularity of the Holocaust, that it collapses all tragedies into one.

Any thoughts?

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