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Posted by Nate Goldman on Tuesday, June 25th 2019:

In Reply to: Re: James Madison High School 1930s through 1960s posted by dave f on Tuesday, June 25th 2019:

Dave, excellent post; as I wrote on a prior post, the first time that I experienced anti-semitism in Brooklyn, was from Miss Kieselbach in the 7th grade, at P.S. 217. She screamed at our class, because several of the kids, were playing with a Chanukah dreidel. She screamed "Don't you bring religion into class", even though she was teaching the class various holiday songs. I'll never forget that look of hatred in her face, and in her piercing brown eyes. At work, in Brooklyn, I would routinely hear many anti-semitic comments. For example, during the Israeli War of Attrition in 1970, my co-workers would throw up to me, that an Israeli Air Force plane had allegedly bombed civilians. However, when I threw up to them what was occurring in Northern Ireland, between various ethnic groups, with many civilians being killed, they didn't like hearing that. Another co-worker was making (what he thought in his warped mind was a joke) comments about lamp shades being made from Jews. The anti-semitic comments, and jealousy continued off and on throughout the rest of my working career. For example, a number of co-workers couldn't stand that I would take off early on Friday afternoon, to prepare for the Sabbath. The leave time came out of my personal leave and vacation. Also, I don't think that they were too pleased when I took off for the other Jewish holidays, even though the time came out of my annual vacation. It really irked me regarding their attitude when I took off a week to sit Shiva for my Father. One idiotic co-worker, who would routinely hit the bottle and miss work, had the gall to tell me "how was your vacation". My Supervisor couldn't understand why I had to take a week off, before approving my leave. I went to the local library, xeroxed about 50 pages, regarding the laws of Shiva,and dumped it on her desk. I don't think she read more than a few pages. One time, in Brooklyn, on Avenue I and Coney Island Avenue, I was walking to the Synagogue on a Saturday, with my skull cap, clearly visible. I saw a motorist smirking at me. When I asked him what he was staring at, he said "YOU". Unfortunately, even today, when I walk to my Synagogue on a Saturday, there are motorists who will occasionally blast their car horns at us, and sometimes yell things out. I've also even seen swastikas painted on local Synagogues, and nearby signs. One time, when I had a listed telephone number, some psycho called me just before Rosh Hashanah and stated "Heil Hitler". I told him "Gay cock in yam".

Reference ID: BK95848



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