Close your eyes, breathe in deeply, now exhale slowly… That was easy, wasn’t it? Not for everyone…
(JTA) — The entrance to a nursery school in Latvia owned by a traditionalist lawmaker featured a German-language sign advertising the establishment as being “Jew-free.”
The posting of the sign, which reads “Judenfrei,” was revealed Monday by the Latvian daily Vesti Segodniya. The paper published a photo of the sign on the fence of the Pucite (“Owlet”) private school.
According to the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism, the establishment is owned by Imants Paradnieks, an ultranationalist Latvian lawmaker.
On Tuesday, Twitter users confronted him to ask whether the sign was genuine or just “a provocation.” He provided no reply, but wrote: “The Kremlin is full of jackals.”
The Riga-based school has a history of Nazi sympathies. In 2012, Pucite hosted two men dressed in Waffen SS uniforms, who held what they defined as “a lesson of patriotic upbringing” for the school’s early childhood program.
A video of the lesson, which was uploaded to the nursery school’s website, showed two men encouraging 3-year-old children to play with World War II-era weapons. The men were identified by the Russian news agency RIA Novosty as Ivo Lembergs and Normund Erums, both members of the Latvian Soldier Association.
On its website, Pucite is described as a school based on “the Latvian national culture, Latvian wisdom and view of the world — where all children learn through play and hands-on experiences.”
After its occupation by Nazi Germany in 1941, a collaborationist government helped set up the Latvian Legion, a force of roughly 90,000 men who were part of Germany’s SS elite units. Some ultranationalists in Latvia today regard them as heroes who helped fight off the Soviet occupiers until Latvia was once again incorporated into the Soviet Union after Germany’s defeat.
Latvia had a Jewish population of some 95,000 before the Holocaust. Nazi troops and local volunteers decimated the community.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Growing opposition to the nuclear agreement could break the back of “uncertain” Democrats in Congress.
Canada is buying Israeli Iron Dome radar that is able to detect rockets, artillery and mortars at long ranges, and can simultaneously engage a large number of targets. Ottawa’s Dept. of National Defense awarded the contract to ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), and Rheinmetall-Canada. The radar system offers exceptional detection […]
Dore Gold pointed out to American Jewish Leaders that Israel and Sunni Muslims agree on Iran.
Israeli military medics rescued a Palestinian Authority Arab girl in Hebron on Thursday.
At least 2 Border Guard officers refused early Thursday to expel families from the ruins of Sa-Nur.
A Jewish bride has been arrested at the Temple Mount on her wedding day.
Hamas in Gaza is calling for an “uprising” against the Palestinian Authority security force.
This will allow the ministers to quit their Knesset positions and concentrate exclusively on their ministerial jobs.
Kerry justifies keeping Iran deal “side deals” from the American public, while skipping Israel on ME trip.
The exhibition “A blessing to one another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People,” opened on Tuesday in the Vatican.
Rio De Janeiro’s Jewish community will open two synagogues to accommodate Jewish visitors at the 2016 Olympics.
Israel said the report is “fundamentally flawed in its methodologies, in its facts, in its legal analysis and in its conclusions,” and one-sided, bringing “into serious question Amnesty’s professional standards.”
“I think what Mike has done has hit a nerve and he’s made people think a little bit.”
More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas. The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood […]
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on the Jewish community to attend the funeral of an assassinated New York police officer. “The brave men and women of the NYPD risk their lives every day to protect us. We value them and stand with them,” Hikind, a Democrat who represents Brooklyn, said in a statement […]
“Move Jew” scrawled on a Philadelphia home and slurs written on a synagogue and 10 garages in Chicago.
Cuba has “the largest pool of untapped baseball talent in the world, and Major League Baseball may tap and leave Cuba dry.
Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son. She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family. He was adopted as a godson under a […]
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/latvian-school-features-jew-free-sign/2014/05/10/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: