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NY Deliveryman Awarded $900,000 in Anti-Semitism Suit

Anti-Semitism is for Europeans, right? Sure, there is a swastika here or there in the US, but would a NY restaurant manager mock a Jewish worker and make fun of the Holocaust? Yes, he can. Aliyah, anyone?
The elderly son of Holocaust victims won $900,000 in damages against a NY restaurant for years of harassment.

The elderly son of Holocaust victims won $900,000 in damages against a NY restaurant for years of harassment.
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A New York restaurant deliveryman was awarded $900,000 for enduring 16 years of anti-Semitic harassment by three supervisors, a U.S. District Court jury in Brooklyn decided after four hours of deliberation

Adam Wiercinski sued the Mangia 57 restaurant in Manhattan, where he stated that one manager would pass gas in front of him and then joke that it was Zyklon B, which was used in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust, The New York Post reported.

Wiercinski, whose father’s family died at the hands of the Nazis, said he had to explain what Zyklon B was to the jury because they were “very young.” “When I explain how it was used in the gas chambers, they were very serious. Everybody [in the courtroom] was silent,” he told the Post.

Supervisors also called him a “dirty Jew” and threw pennies at him while making anti-Semitic comments, and they docked his tips.

Wiercinski did not quit because he felt he was too old to get a new job.

Employees at the restaurant and caterer, which has three Manhattan locations, have denied the harassment took place, and the restaurant is expected to appeal the decision.

The point of this report is not that Wiercinski won his lawsuit.

The point is that in the United States of America, no would think that nearly seven decades after the Holocaust, someone in the capacity of a restaurant manager in the city of the Statue of Liberty, in the city attacked by Al Qaeda terrorists, would act like an ignorant Nazi guard at a death camp.

No one would think that.

Think again.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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9 Responses to “NY Deliveryman Awarded $900,000 in Anti-Semitism Suit”

  1. Now consider what it can be like for Jews who don’t live in NYC and larger cities.

  2. Yvonne Bressler says:

    Well no one thought america would elect a muslim either now did they?

  3. Amen? Good news? Money cannot buy the pain that was subjected to this delivery worker. US laws are too lenient when it comes to anti-Semitism. Defendants should be forced to see for themselves the results of Zyklon B

  4. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

    With our president promoting anti-Semitism world-wide, how could anyone be surprised that America has many anti-Semites.????

  5. print the name of the restaurant, its owners and the names of the supervisors plainly. let us know who these filthy scum are.

  6. Ann Kennedy says:

    The government is to busy protecting the "rights" of the Muslims to help this man.

  7. Mangia 57 phone #212 582 5882. cal and tell them what you think. I also wrote a review on restaurant websites such as Yelp. Google and you can comment on all of them. No one should eat in a restaurant that abuses it's workers. I pass by I intend to walk in and tell them what I think.

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