President's Corner: by Art Heitzer     

Our executive committee unanimously adopted the following statement on October 29.

The Milwaukee Turners unconditionally condemn the murderous attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018, and all forms of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other racial, national or religious hate. As Milwaukee’s oldest civic organization, founded by German immigrants and refugees including both gentiles and Jews, we encourage all persons of conscience to join in marking the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, in which the Nazis unleashed a national campaign of violence against Jewish residents in Germany.  This includes on November 11 at 2pm at the Ovation Jewish Home, 1414 N. Prospect in Milwaukee. 

In the five preceding days: 1) a gunman killed two elderly African-Americans in a Louisville grocery store, after he was unable to enter a predominantly black church; 2) a suspect was arrested for sending letter bombs to leading figures verbally targeted by the president; and 3) a gunman killed 11 worshipers in a progressive synagogue in Pittsburgh. 

 Each of the alleged attackers is a white man who also expressed their belief in white superiority, and each was apprehended alive. The Pittsburgh suspect stated his need to act to challenge asserted sponsorship of “filthy”  immigrants by “filthy” Jews.

The Milwaukee Turners have a long supported the annual Kristallnacht commemorations, just as we supported the Sikh community after the massacre at their temple in Oak Creek. I urge you to support the event on November 11 and to consider what lessons we can learn and what connections there may be in the above attacks.

We must learn from the past, so as never to let such actions go unchallenged.

We must learn from the past, so as never to let such actions go unchallenged. 

 Art Heitzer