My Death Sentence
click here to jump to start of article
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​




My Death Sentence

My Death Sentence

It never occurred to me that my family and I would be sentenced to death again for the crime of being born Jewish.

by

This was the law of the lands where the swastika banner flew proudly. The 1000-year Reich lasted just 12 years; then the lights went on again all over Europe for a brighter, happier, productive future for those who had lived through it.

I was just 14-years old. I had memories but, more importantly, I had hope. I had hope that what I had lived through would not be repeated, that I would live a normal life like everybody else -- Jew and non-Jew, that I would acquire knowledge I could pass on to others -- including, I hoped, my children and their children, that I could do something that might make my world -- and everyone else's -- a better place to live in.

My hopes became reality after I came to America at the age of 18. I graduated college, got a job, bought a house, fathered children, made friends, became involved in humanitarian causes, and loved and appreciated the wonderful country that gave me the opportunity -- and the inalienable right -- to pursue happiness.

It had never occurred to me that there might come a time when I and my family might be sentenced to death once again for the crime of being born Jewish. It never crossed my mind that the world would once again be hearing the shouts of "Kill the Jews" and "Jews to the ovens!" I realized that there were some who hated Jews but I was sure that this was a tiny, mindless, insignificant minority -- surely smaller in numbers than those who believed the Earth was flat or that Elvis was alive.

I was wrong.

Hatred is with us again. The legions of haters are proudly waving their flags and flaunting their slogans around the globe. And just like the Nazis of 70 years ago, they are not bashful or apologetic in disseminating the ideology of mass murder. They are dedicated, enthusiastic, committed, and ready to die for their deadly doctrine. One of their religious leaders put it best: "We love death as much as the Jews and Christians love life!"

A less literate, young man at a New York demonstration was even more frightening by waving a misspelled placard that demanded, "Death to All Juice!" The photo brings a smile to most that see it on the internet but it isn't funny. We know that he doesn't want to kill orange juice -- he wants to kill me, my children and grandchildren and all those other "juice".

In Fort Lauderdale, on December 30, hundreds of anti-Israel demonstrators protested the Israeli military operation in Gaza. Their hatred encompassed all Jews – "Go Back to the Ovens! You Need a Big Oven" and "Kill All Jews!" (this time spelled correctly), read their placards.

Pamphlets in Denmark demand, "Kill Israel's People", and on the reverse, less correctly, "Kill Jewish People Evry Where in Ther World". In Mumbai, a city with very few Jews, the Islamic terrorists went to the trouble to find a tiny, unmarked Chabad facility to slaughter the 6 Jews there. In Britain the police are unable to guarantee security for Jewish schools. In Amsterdam, in January, a crowd at a rally chanted "Hamas! Hamas! Jews to the Gas!" In Belgium, pro-Hamas demonstrators burned a public menorah and painted swastikas on Jewish-owned shops. In Berlin, the police chief warned Jews not to wear skull caps in public and avoid "acting Jewish." In France, a burning car was rammed into a Toulouse synagogue. In southern Sweden a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a synagogue. And there is more, everywhere...

The hatred is not hiding. On the official Hamas website, on 12/31/08, there were calls for attacking Jews throughout the world, "...a Jewish adolescent boy in an Australian synagogue, a Jewish minister in the Georgian government, a Jewish businessman in the New York Stock Exchange, an illiterate Jew from Ethiopia...they all belong to the same gang and the same nation..." And Al-Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri demanded that Jews be attacked worldwide, "...everywhere you can reach them. Support your mujahedeen brothers and children against them."

The British online forum "Ummah" asks, "Have we got a list of top Jews we can target? Can someone post names and addresses?" And, in response, "Saladin1970" gives a link to 100 top British Jews.

There are those who believe that this isn't anti-Semitism -- just anti-Zionism. Here is a quote from a great and wise man: "When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews. You are talking anti-Semitism" (Martin Luther King, 1968).

I am worried.

Published: January 11, 2009


Give Tzedakah! Help Aish.com create inspiring
articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.

Visitor Comments: 85

(80) Beverly Margolis-Kurtin, November 12, 2014 4:01 AM

Stupid is as stupid does

Canada and Great Brittan and other European countries want to be Judenrein. They would rather give Muslims a home without understanding the goals of Islam.

There is only one thing that Islam has in mind for all countries and they are not bashful about letting the world know about it. They wish to control the world and overthrow Western law and replace it with the heinous Sharia law. They want a universal Caliphate.

We Jews are creative, Muslims are destructive. We build, Muslims tear down. What is behind the drive that so many countries have to commit suicide is beyond my ability to wrap my brain around, but they have invited Muslims to emigrate their countries and are just learning that the Muslims are unmanageable.

When was the last time that Jewish communities told the police that they cannot come into their communities? Muslims do it all the time in France and England.

When was the last time that Muslims gave anything to the world? When was the last time that Jews gave the world anything? Our accomplishments and benefits to the world are way too numerous to begin to list.

We are only 15 million strong, yet we’re the ones who the moronic Jew haters say that we control the world, that we’re responsible for all the wars ever fought, that we own all the banks, newspapers, etc. If that were true you can bet that the negative reporting that goes on unabated would NOT be so negative.




(79) Anonymous, November 10, 2014 7:28 PM

It's Time to Speak Up

How would these people like to have us hold up signs which say the same things; only for them? Where do they get off? Call them what they are: would be murderers and garbage. Tell them vocally that we will fight back and they will pay tit for tat; an eye for an eye. They should be ashamed of their stupidity and ignorance and we should make them feel it.

(78) Anonymous, September 8, 2014 12:27 AM

God has the last Word

“If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel' - Benjamin Netanyahu. i truly love this man! true statesman who does not tumble with the wind like others...for us believers we do know, Revelation 20:7 tells who shall prevail!!!

(77) ingrid, September 8, 2014 12:11 AM

God protects Israel

i am a gentile child with a sadness too as through this horrible war then i lost the joy of extended family. i also had a mentally shatterd mother and aunt and more...i know of people who were not even jewish undergoing cruelty and ordeals unimaginable. so let's not forget that the Evil one runs this world and tries to destroy us. the israelites live among their feircest enemies! is this not evidence of God's presence and protection over his people? nobody human can destroy Israel! those who try will have to reckon with our creator then! not that this heals the wounds but scripture tells us if we suffer here on earth for our faith, the more joy we shall have one day in the new life!

(76) Anonymous, February 9, 2014 9:46 PM

ANTI SEMITISIM IS ALIVE AND THRIVING IN CANADA

ANTI SEMITISM IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC IN CANADA THE KEPA WILL BE BANNED IN ALL PUBLIC PLACES AS WLL DOCTORS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO TREAT PATIENTS WHILE WEARING THE KEPA. QUEBEC IS A PROVINCE OF CANADA, AND CANADA IS STANDING BY AND DOING NOTHING. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER NEVER AGAIN BUT WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE WORLD. THEY ARE FEEDING THE FIRE OF HATRED.

See All Comments

Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.


  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment
stub