14657113-mmmainIn Fairview, New Jersey, a class project about the Holocaust crossed a line. At Lincoln Elementary school, a 6th grade class created a poster after reading the historical fiction Holocaust themed book “Number the Stars.” The book is one of the most famous and tragic of all historical fiction novels. But what New Jersey 6th graders were allowed to do in a poster project went beyond the realms of Holocaust exploration, and into the harrowing realm of blatant anti-Semitism. It is one thing to put together a poster of Jewish suffering during the Holocaust, to honor the 6 million Jews who perished in gas chambers, ovens, and by firing squads, but Lincoln Elementary School 6th graders created a Hitler inspired, Jew hating poster; one that sends cold chills down the spine.

The Fairview superintendent ordered a Lincoln School teacher to remove a poster created by her sixth-grade students after one Jewish staff member complained that the images were anti-Semitic and offensive.

The offended worker says the district at first refused her request to have the poster removed, while Fairview school officials maintain they took it down as soon as they became aware of the issue and analyzed it for themselves.

"One of the posters—shown above—features a swastika interlocked with the Star of David, red droplets on the Israeli flag that appear to be blood, photographs of Jewish children with Xs through their faces, magazine cut-outs of a number of prohibited foods (like cupcakes and meats), and scenes from the Warsaw ghetto."

The poster, created by New Jersey 6th graders, featured a swastika interlocked with the Star of David, red droplets that would symbolize blood on the Israeli flag, and photographs of Jewish children, crossed out with an "X." One of the most disturbing images is the Israeli flag with a red slash through it. The listing of prohibited food with "X's" through them is outrageously anti-Semitic, as any Jewish person would be offended. Nazi paraphernalia should never be allowed in any setting. The poster was taken down, but it took 4 or 5 days before anyone said anything.

The staffer who complained, an Orthodox Jew who doesn't work at the school but works in the district, said there wasn't any information about why the poster was up: "It's highly offensive to anybody, especially someone who is Jewish and whose family members were survivors of the Holocaust." She also said there was no context explaining what the poster was for.

She expressed her concern to the principal, who allegedly did nothing. But the Fairview Superintendent, Louis DeLisio, ordered that the poster be taken down yesterday, "I run across this every once in a while, where one sector of our population is offended, and we always try to compromise. We're not trying to offend anyone... my true feeling is they (the students) did not have any ill-intention with this poster. They were trying to depict things that were prohibited during the Holocaust." Right, like the Israeli flag—which was created after the Holocaust.

The principal did nothing, and it was only when the Superintendent ordered the poster taken down that it was removed. As the columnist pointed out, the Zionist banner became the official Israeli flag on October 28, 1948. The Holocaust officially ended on May 8, 1945. This is a reprehensible display and a ghastly oversight. Last year, Old Bridge school district in New Jersey was criticized for counseling an 8 year old who drew a swastika because of his Hindu heritage. "The International Raelian Movement, which believes humans were created by extraterrestrials, said the swastika is actually a symbol of peace and beauty that was corrupted by Nazis. The group said the unidentified child was “subjected to traumatic reprimand and racial bias counseling without parental approval.” In a case of politically correct nonsense, the school district apologized to the third-grader and his parents.

In March of this year, in Bedford, Massachusetts, students played a game called “Jail the Jews,’ at two separate elementary schools. Is America experiencing a sweeping tide of anti-Semitism in schools and elsewhere else? Unquestionably, this is the case. Had the 6th grade project involved Muslim defamation, the cries of outrage would have been strong enough to shake the foundations of the earth. If one teacher hadn't expressed her outrage about this poster with obscene Nazi symbols, the poster might still be hanging today.

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