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March 27, 1999

Letters to the Editor

Cheapening the Holocaust [letter]

Strathmore, Alta. -- Re The Holocaust As Kitsch -- March 23:

A decade ago, essayist Phillip Lopate, writing in the Jewish journal Tikkun (Resistance To The Holocaust, May/June 1989), had already deplored kitschy practices associated with Holocaust remembrance: "Sometimes it almost seems that 'the Holocaust' is a corporation headed by Elie Wiesel, who defends his patents with articles in the Arts and Leisure section of the Sunday New York Times."

Yesterday's concentration-camp horrors are commemorated by today's pay-per-view maudlin theme park. Were proof needed that so-called market forces can have corrosive effects on the culture, this is it.

Orest Slepokura,
Strathmore, Alberta, Canada

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WE unhesitatingly place this reader's letter, published by the increasingly outspoken Globe & Mail, in our dossier on The Origins of Anti-Semitism.

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