For many Jews, bunnies, baby chicks, and colored eggs can’t hide centuries of unpleasant associations with the most important religious holiday in the Christian calendar.
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A Letter to the Editor promised to tell anyone who wished the writer “happy holidays” instead of Merry Christmas to “go soak their heads” or “go back where they came from.” I said this kind of nativism is anti-Semitic and intolerant by definition. Many people answered me very favorably.
Hank Greenberg was baseball’s first Jewish superstar. He is best known for a game he did not play – on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, in September, 1934. That’s where the myth of Greenberg as Jewish hero began. The myth had only a few grains of truth, and Hank was never comfortable in that role.
The 1947 movie Gentlemen’s Agreement is a preachy period piece today, but it’s a deadly accurate picture of prejudice and discrimination against American Jews after World War II by educated, polite, wealthy, liberal gentiles. It raised awareness and changed attitudes and behavior.