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Heinz Gutmann, a young boy, lived with his mother, Mira, father, Ludwig and his little sister, Ruth in a hamlet of Worms, Germany, his entire life. In spite of the rise to power of the National Socialists, also called Nazis, living along the Rhine River was a time honored Jewish tradition.

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Let’s fight anti-Semitism together

I am responding to the letter published last week (“One-sided blind opposition,” Oct. 12, 2017), by Sam Devinki. As I know Sam to be a strong supporter of the Jewish people and is involved in Jewish community organizations that are the proponents of our people, I write this as a person that appreciates his positive activity and wants him to be aware of some facts that are perhaps unknown to him.

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Letter writer misunderstands intent of article

I believe that Sandy Meyer’s comments (Letters to the Editor, Sept. 28) about Rabbi Londy’s article in the Rabbinic Wisdom section of The Chronicle’s Rosh Hashanah magazine published Sept. 14 are disingenuous, mean spirited and not consistent with the spirit of the High Holidays.

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American fascism

Trump’s flirtation with fascism dismays many people, but we should not be surprised. The United States has a tradition of fascism, with and without populism.

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Anti-Semitism in America is on the rise. In the past year, Jewish cemeteries were desecrated in Philadelphia, Rochester and St. Louis; my rabbinical school was vandalized with a swastika, targeted for the first time in its 140-year history; and (in August), neo-Nazis and Klansmen marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, shouting “Jews will not replace us!” and threatening the town’s only synagogue.

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“Today, the entire world is looking to America for enlightened leadership to peace and progress. Such a leadership requires vision, courage and tolerance. It can be provided only by a united nation deeply devoted to the highest ideals.”

- President Harry S. Truman, April 16, 1948, address before a joint session of Congress

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