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article imageAnti-Semites re-enact Hitler's Kristallnacht on Jews in Brooklyn

By Joan Firstenberg     Nov 11, 2011 in World
New York - Hitler's blitzkrieg on Jews showed its ugly face in the Midwood section of Brooklyn this week, as anti-Semites torched cars and scrawled KKK graffiti on them to mark the anniversary of Hitler's Infamous Kristallnacht.
Midwood, Brooklyn, is known for its mainly Jewish population. So anti-Semites, fueled by what cops think was Corona beer and hatred, set several cars on fire and scrawled hate graffiti on benches and the sidewalk to mark the gruesome anniversary of Hitler’s infamous attack on Jews, Kristallnacht.
The New York Daily News reports that stunned residents on the targeted Midwood block woke up to see thick black smoke pouring from the torched cars. A fourth car had swastikas spray-painted on it, and a nearby bench was painted with the letters, "KKK". Eight other benches were spray-painted with Nazi swastikas and “SS” — the initials of Hitler’s brutal Gestapo — and “f--k the Jews” was scrawled on a sidewalk.
One resident was aghast
“When you drive down the block, it looks like a war zone."
Arlette Tebele, 18, whose mother's grey BMW X5 SUV was burned in sporadic places by the flames, says,
“It was horrible. They were trying to send a message. They’re anti-Jew, anti-Semites.”
Her brother, Bobby, was just as angry.
“It’s not so much that the cars got blown up. It’s the hatred behind it that’s chilling. Of course, this would happen the one time I don’t park in the driveway.”
Sandra Simone, a speech therapist at a nearby school, said she didn't feel the attack was a coincidence it came a day after the anniversary of Kristallnacht ("Night of Broken Glass"), when the Nazis in 1938 raided, ransacked and burned Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues across Germany in the night between Nov. 9 and 10. She also felt it could be tied to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, where signs blaming Jews for the economic meltdown have shown up from time to time.
Some community leaders say the evidence indicates that this was the product of an organized group. Chaim Deutsch is the founder of the Flatbush Shomrim:
“When you see swastikas in New York City, it’s often a bunch of kids. But this one here seems a lot more serious because aside from all the hate stuff, they lit three cars on fire.”
Brooklyn Daily reports that Councilman David Greenfield (D–Borough Park) is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators and thousands more in reward money has also been put up.
Police say they found at least four gas containers and a dozen beer bottles, on the block of Ocean Parkway. One detective affirmed that they saw “Coronas everywhere. Looks like they had a party.”
Another detective explains,
“We’re canvassing gas stations and hardware stores a mile around."
NY1 News reports that in a statement, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he is considering the Kristallnacht connection but he denounced the crimes regardless of their impetus.
“The fact that this most recent attack came on the heels of the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht may or may not be a coincidence. Either way, this kind of hateful act has no place in the freest city in the freest country in the world.”
In the same statement, the Mayor also said hate crimes are down 30 percent citywide this year.
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