January 17, 2019
Minneapolis, MN — Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement on the hateful and anti-Semitic social media post by two Minnetonka High School students:
“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) is deeply disturbed by the egregious anti-Semitic image circulating on social media depicting two Minnetonka High School students using the Nazi salute and making cruel and offensive jokes. Such images both insult the memory of Hitler’s victims, as well as the heroic Minnesotans who fought to defeat Nazism.
“We thank Principal Jeff Erickson for responding quickly to this matter. We look forward to working in partnership with the Minnetonka School District to support their Jewish students and families in the face of such blatant anti-Semitism.
“In Spring 2018, the JCRC organized for local Holocaust survivor, Judith Meisel, to speak to 120 9th – 12th graders at Minnetonka High School. In light of the situation, the JCRC stands ready to provide additional Holocaust education resources and guidance on how to support the district’s Jewish students and families.
“As we approach International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, we are gravely concerned about the lack of Holocaust knowledge amongst American millennials. According to a New York Times survey, 66% of American millennials do not know what Auschwitz was.
“We remain committed to educating Minnesotans about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.”
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.