Volume 93, Issue 43

Tuesday, November 16, 1999


Memorial not in style on campus

An out of this world anniversary

Convention not always so rational

A time to look at the real world

Maximum passion for gettin' laid

University a scary place

We musn't forget the Holocaust

Best things in life free?

Sharks coming up for air

We musn't forget the Holocaust

Re: Gazette page one photo Nov. 11

To the Editor:

In less than two months' time, we shall move into a new century and the present century will recede inevitably into history. While the Second World War is perceived as the major event that shaped the 20th century, the Holocaust will nevertheless become an event which took place in the 1900s.

Last Wednesday, on the 61st anniversary of Kristallnacht – the night of broken glass – the Jewish Students Union organized a remembrance program which took place in the UCC atrium. This program had a number of important aims. It was a program designed to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and specifically, those of Kristallnacht.

It was designed to be an informative program for both the Jewish community, as well as the Western community at large. It was a program rooted in tradition and one that is very symbolic to the Jewish community.

The following day, I was eager to pick up a copy of The Gazette to see what attention the program would be given. As I flipped through the Thursday edition, looking for the article on the Kristallnacht program, I was disheartened to see that The Gazette was only able to publish a small picture of the school children, who had come from the London community to sing.

I am extremely disappointed that just a few days after Equity Week at Western had ended, The Gazette displayed such an attitude of inequality. By filling the front page of its issue with three articles, which very directly related to the University Students' Council, I think The Gazette showed poor judgement and a lack of sensitivity not only to the Jewish community, but to all people, since the lessons of the Holocaust relate to everyone.

The cutline on the front page of this edition of The Gazette read, "A chorus of support." It would be nice if the Jewish community and its continuing efforts to promote remembrance, education and equity in Western's multicultural environment, were given a little recognition – and maybe even a feature article on the front page of The Gazette.

For the sake of future generations, we need to work together to promote education. I believe that through programs such the one put on by the JSU, we can help spread the powerful, important lessons of the Holocaust – lessons which regrettably still need to be taught today. Lessons, from events which took place not only six decades ago in Europe, but also six years ago in Rwanda, six months ago in Kosovo and six weeks ago in East Timor.

Mark Driman
Academic Excellence Program I

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