June 15, 2020

Nashville Holocaust Memorial desecrated with antisemitic messages

Nashville, TN -  Vandals attached a bed sheet containing antisemitic and white supremacist messages on the Memorial Walls at the Holocaust memorial in Nashville.

The sheet, which was taped to the granite memorials at some point during the afternoon, read “Kikes Lie, Whites Die,” and referenced numbers 14 and 88. The number 14 represents the 14 words in a white supremacist motto, and 88 refers to the eighth letter of the alphabet, making it shorthand for “Heil Hitler.”

In a statement, Gordon Jewish Community Center Executive Director Leslie Sax and President Raymond Jacobs said the community “is deeply shocked and saddened” by the attack. The memorial is tucked away in a wooded area near the parking lot, but out of view of the main road.


They added, “we are working with local authorities in their investigation, and the Jewish community security network was immediately informed of this incident.”

Felicia Anchor, who chairs the Nashville Holocaust Memorial Committee, said the community “has been actively engaged in sincere efforts to combat injustice and intolerance” in recent days, and over Shabbat “the oldest hatred, the oldest menace to a discriminated minority threatened the security of the Nashville Jewish Community.”

She noted that the Memorial Walls are, for many, “the only place to recognize family members because their bodies were consumed in crematorium and they have no graves… With this vile act, their memory was devalued and dishonored.”

Source: sjlmag