Letters | Stems and Survivors


Stems in the Trash? A Shanda!

I was disappointed to see a recipe that recommends discarding the stems on the kale (“Hail to Kale,” April 12). Our people have suffered enough and starved enough — and the world does not have enough food security — and you suggest to people to throw away good food?

There are many uses for kale stems. It may not fit in this recipe, but recommendations can be made for other ways to use kale stems. They are great in soup and can be food for rabbits and other wonderful beings.

This is most disappointing. Throwing away food, really?

Amy Goldstein | Buckingham, Pa.

We Need More to Contemplate the Holocaust’s Horrors

There has been a lot of discussion in the media surrounding Yom Hashoah (“Community Events, Artists Honor Survivors,” April 5). Amid the coverage, I was surprised to see a high school student arguing against making a trip to Auschwitz.

I am a Holocaust survivor, though I was not sent to Auschwitz, and I feel strongly that we should encourage not only Israeli students but every human being, regardless of religion or nationality, to visit either Auschwitz or any other concentration camp in Europe, like Dachau or Bergen Belsen.

Soon there will not be survivors left to tell, and it is important for people to see to what low point humanity had sunk during World War II so that such inhumane atrocities will not be repeated.  

Millions of people other than Jews have been killed in wars; bombs are dropped even now in an anonymous manner, but never has there been such an organized, calculated, conscious and bestial extermination of a whole segment of humanity out of hatred.

We need the whole world, including us, the major victims, to see for ourselves how hatred and incitement caused highly civilized and cultured people not only to consciously exterminate other human beings, but to hedonistically collect piles of thousands of innocent children’s shoes, of suitcases, of collected hair of people that they had killed.

So that the Holocaust should never be repeated.

Alfred Hassner | Rehovot, Israel


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