Swastika Headstones

The headstone in question, its history and meaning will remain where this soldier was laid to rest. The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 ensures it will stay. Many reasons are behind that Act, my response is just one of them.

If it were not for Simon Wiesenthal and countless others, no Nazi would have ever answered to their crimes. No country, no government, no one person would have brought Nazi’s to justice as the Jewish people did.

The headstone is despicable, the words cut. The headstone is there to tell our youngest generations, about the chapter in man’s history when we deteriorated to the lowest possible being on the planet. The more we attempt to correct history, we lose it forever. History cannot be rewritten, and this beacon cannot be hidden.

Leave the soldier to rest in peace. Let the world see the inscription on the headstone. The soldier did not engrave the words and as a matter of fact the only thing on the headstone that belonged to the soldier was his name.  As Americans, we tout “freedom” to the world, so much that even though this soldiers origins, included hatred, we, as a people, a nation, will respect this human with a humble burial.

Its powerful, it’s your responsibility to leave the headstone in place.

  (name withheld)

Response from MRFF Board Member John Compere
On May 20, 2020, at 1:51 PM, John Compere  wrote:

Thank you for your civil communication.
Swastikas are symbols of racist hatred & the horrible genocide of 6 million Jewish children, women & men by the psychopath Hitler & his murderous Nazis. Swastikas encourage, embolden & serve as rallying signs for neo-Nazis & white supremacists in the US whose stated goal is to kill American Jews. National data shows hate crimes against Jewish people & property are increasing. Germany even bans public displays of Swastikas & makes it a crime.
Swastikas & anti-American accolades on grave headstones have no place in American military cemeteries with interred American men & women who fought in World War II (over 400,000 sacrificed their lives) to defeat the evil Third Reich whose leader was the Fuhrer, symbol the Swastika & central ideological feature the extermination of all human beings who were born of Jewish mothers (like Jesus). Holocaust museums accurately & appropriately preserve the history of this appalling atrocity.
Would you feel the same about Islamic jihadists being buried with gravestones displaying the Al-Qaeda symbol & praising Osama bin Laden in American military cemeteries alongside our American military members who sacrificed their lives (over 8,000 so far) fighting the War on Terrorism in the Middle East? If so, we have a fundamental disagreement about who should be buried in American military cemeteries.
Most Sincerely,
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Disabled American Veteran (Vietnam Era)
Board Member, Military Religious Freedom Foundation (over 80% Christians)


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