Holocaust Memorial shooting: Why it’s personal

Mark Blumenthal at pollster.com writes of his late father-in-law, who visited the Holocaust Museum at least once a year. He provides insight into the staff and guards who work there:

We wandered into the museum, through the same doors and into the same foyer where shots rang out this afternoon. My wife had given us visitor passes that she receives as a member of the Museum. The lines were long, and it was not obvious which line we needed to stand in.

Pop was having none of it. He walked away from me and wandered up to the museum staffer standing at the head of the long line leading to the elevators that takes all visitors to the museum exhibits. I thought for a moment that Pop was going to ask directions. I was wrong.

He thrust out his arm in the direction of the staffer, displaying the number the Nazis tattooed on his arm at Auschwitz just a few inches from her face. Without making eye-contact and barely breaking stride, Pop kept walking. Understandably, the staffer barely blinked. She didn’t make a move to stop him.

Pop kept walking right into the elevator that had just filled with the visitors that had been waiting in that long line. And even though the elevator was already quite crowded, he walked right in. Jake and I had to run past the guard to catch up. “Pop, Pop,” I said, feeling a little embarrassed, hoping to talk him into at least waiting for the next elevator.

Here’s his post.

  • MNguy

    Just read the story behind the link. It’s another reminder that the difference between a civil society and anarchy is the way we treat each other. Wanton killing in Nazi Germany, Wichita Kansas, and now Washington DC. Long past time for the radio personalities, preachers, and others to stop spewing the hateful violent rhetoric that incites this behavior.