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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

September 6, 2013

THE 87%

I was listening to NPR recently, and they told of the White Supremacy group in Greece. I wasn’t aware there was such a thing, but apparently they control a significant (though still a minority, an ironic use of the term) number of seats in the Greek Government.

The radio report was about Jews in Greece, and how they are being targeted by the White Supremacy group for the banking crises and for any other crises the country is having.

Local Jews are understandably upset and it harkens to the Fascist days of World War II when 87% of the Greek Jews were taken from that country and killed in the death camps. Today the terrible memory of those atrocities is still alive in all liberty-loving Greeks; Jews and non-Jews alike.

A couple years ago I was in Greece. They had Jewish Museums in both Thessaloniki and in Athens. We went to the one in Athens and it told a remarkable story of the Jews being in that country for hundreds and hundreds of years, even before a “new” wave of Jews fled Spain during the time of Queen Isabella and found refuge in Greece. Those were the Sephardic Jews.

And yet the final story of the relationship between Jews and the country of Greece is not yet written. Many of the Jews there today are concerned that people will forget just what can happen when an entire group people is targeted as scapegoats for the ills of a country.

Last year, in my Confirmation Class I noted that most of my 8th graders were familiar with the Nobel Peace Prize writer Elie Wiesel. He is Jewish and was in the Nazi Death Camps as a child. He survived and lived to tell and write about it. I also noted that our Confirmation class was familiar with Anne Frank.

But, do they know of Nicholas Winton and the Jewish children he saved in Prague in WWII? Have they ever heard anyone talk about the house of Anne Frank and their visit to that place? What are the consequences of knowing and then forgetting what has happened? Is it best just to “move on” or is it best to move on and know the lessons of the past?

In any case, we are going to explore those questions in October and November in the Senior High Breakfast Club 2/4. I’ve got some short videos of Elie Wiesel and a fascinating story about Nicholas Winton. One of our high schoolers has a story about visiting the Anne Frank House this past summer.

Amy Ladu, Pastor Lisa and I think these are stories that need to be explored among our 9-12th Graders…over breakfast. Come join us. I’ll be giving you more information about this during September.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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