B’nai B’rith Asks Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Remove Swastika-Bearing Gravestones From Veterans’ Cemeteries
(Washington, D.C., May 15, 2020)-- B’nai B’rith President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie expressing outrage that several gravestones belonging to German prisoners of war are adorned with Nazi imagery.
The German graves display swastikas, iron crosses and quotes glorifying Adolf Hitler. The prisoners of war are buried at Fort Sam Houston and Fort Douglas military cemeteries. Some of the American soldiers interred alongside them fought the Nazis during World War II.
We live in a time where anti-Semitism is increasing, knowledge of the Holocaust is declining and swastikas are displayed at hate rallies. Especially in this global context, it is unacceptable for Nazi imagery to remain displayed on these graves.
You can read the full letter here.
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