Hitler Ad Draws Ire of Area's Jewish
Knopper, Melissa, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Melissa Knopper Daily Herald Staff Writer
Local Jewish families and groups such as the Anti-Defamation League are adding their voices to the backlash caused by a recent political advertisement that featured a picture of Adolph Hitler.
The ad was part of a brochure passed around during the Dundee Township Republican party's Feb. 20 Lincoln Day dinner in Carpentersville.
Dan Wozniak, a Carpentersville resident and chairman of the Dundee Township Republican Central Committee, was lambasted by fellow Republicans this week for publishing the ad as a way to promote his pro-gun views.
As word of the ad spread through the area, members of the Jewish community were shocked and offended by Wozniak's choice of
Hitler as an image for political propaganda.
"It represents the killing of six million Jews and six million others," said Dundee Township resident Michael Finger. "Twelve million people were killed at his hands, so it should be offensive to anybody."
On a broader level, Jewish advocacy groups said they are alarmed at the increasing use of Nazi symbols and images for the wrong purposes. For example, the Anti-Defamation League recently objected to politicians calling Kenneth Starr a Nazi for summoning Monica Lewinsky's mother to testify.
"The net effect of this is to trivialize and diminish the horrific power and meaning of this imagery and weaken its true meaning," said Richard Hirschhaut, director of the Anti Defamation League's Chicago/Upper Midwest office. "These symbols were used in a massive campaign of human destruction known as the Holocaust."
Even the word Nazi itself is becoming part of the vernacular, he said. Until the Anti-Defamation league objected, the Webster's dictionary editors included "control freak" as one of the definitions for the word Nazi. …