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Friday, May 13, 2005
you so: Ain't she just the cutest little
Jews angry over
memorial plan for death camp tooth
By Kate Connolly
BERLIN'S new Holocaust memorial
was embroiled in an emotional dispute just two days
after its opening over a plan to fix the tooth of a
murdered Jew into a concrete pillar at the
Germany's Jewish community has said it may be
forced to boycott the vast monument if Lea
Rosh, who led the 17-year campaign to build the
memorial, goes ahead with her proposal. Its leaders
have accused her of "blasphemy" and
SO Lea (aka Edith) Rosh
wants to create a personal Memorial to an
Unknown Tooth -- she wants to sow that
tooth among the phony tomb stones now
unveiled in Berlin.
considerations apart, this is dangerous
stuff, once you start.
Remember the fairy story
about the man who sowed the dragon's
How does Ms Rosh know it
was a victim's tooth she found, and not
the fang of an SS guard who had neglected
to use his Listerine regularly enough (TV
Slogan: "Kill the Germs! Dead!")
Why stop there? Why
not embed a bar of RIF soap, just in case
about that should turn out to be true?
(Such toiletries are available, regularly
offered with various fragrances by Israeli
auction houses). And the rolled up
blueprint of a gas chamber "complete with
holes for inserting the Zyklon", which the
mendacious Prof Deborah
Lipstadt told Atlanta students she
CAN THIS be the same Ms Rosh whom a
German magazine dubbed one of the "100
most embarrassing Berliners" for her
Doesn't this story
reveal her whole Berlin project in all its
It is proof of the
gullibility of the Jews, on which the
Nazis preyed; and of the current
submissiveness of the German people, that
they have tolerated this unappetizing
female so long, and allowed her to
propagate her crackpot schemes.
We understand that
Caterpillar Inc make some killer
bulldozers! This site would seem to
present a tempting target for the
company's latest products at some date in
Small wonder that a
leading Hamburg newspaper referred to Rosh
two days ago as a "Professional Jewess" --
and them's tough words to use in a Germany
where they toss you into jail at the drop
of a hat for what unauthorized thoughts
you might, perhaps, just possibly, maybe,
be thinking about WW2.
REMEMBER the provocative posters Ms
Rosh caused to be put up all over Germany,
proclaiming that the Holocaust had never
She meant it ironically,
but most of the wiser Germans just nodded
as they drove by and said, "Told you so."
In front of a thousand guests at
Tuesday's inauguration ceremony, including
Holocaust survivors and rabbis, Mrs Rosh held up a
molar which she found during a visit to the
concentration camp in Poland 17 years
It was sticking out of the sand among other
teeth from Holocaust victims, she said, adding that
it had given her the impetus to start campaigning
for the memorial and that she had carried it around
with her ever since.
Mrs Rosh, 68, is a television presenter who
changed her name to its current form at the age of
18 and is the granddaughter of a Jew. She explained
that the tooth would be embedded in one of the
concrete pillars, along with a yellow Star of David
that Jews were required to wear under the Third
Reich. It had been given to her by a Dutch Jewish
woman whose mother was killed in a camp.
Mrs Rosh added that the memorial's architect,
Peter Eisenman, below, had agreed to
oversee the task.
"The dead have no grave, but this memorial
should stand for one," she said.
Yesterday leaders of the Jewish community
expressed outrage at the gesture. "I am not
surprised, but furious," said Paul Spiegel,
the president of the Central Council of Jews in
Germany. "I find Lea Rosh's behaviour impious."
He said burying body parts anywhere other than a
Jewish cemetery was "blasphemous" and contravened
Albert Meyer, the chairman of Berlin's
Jewish community, said he was furious. "If this
happens, we Jews have to consider whether or not we
can set foot on this site. Mrs Rosh responded by
saying she had checked with Jewish
scholars before making
"My wish is in compliance with Jewish law. I did
my research," she said.
One rabbi, Yitzhak Ehrenberg, did defend
her yesterday. He wrote in a statement that while
bodies or large body parts had to be buried in a
Jewish cemetery, there would be no problem "about
burying a tooth in a stone" as long as it was not
used for any specific purpose.
But Rabbi Chaim Rozwaski, also from
Berlin, disagreed. "If the tooth is buried in a
pillar, it is an exhibition piece and therefore it
has a use.''
The memorial has been subject to controversy
since its conception, with several disputes almost
leading to the demise of the project.
The most serious followed the discovery that
Degussa, the company providing an anti-graffiti
spray, was linked to the makers of Zyklon B, the
poison gas used in the concentration camps.
Mr Eisenman also provoked outrage when he made a
joke about his New York dentist and fillings which
some thought anti-Semitic.
He later apologised, calling the row a "cultural
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