The best way to respond to hatred is to respond with love, or at least that’s the example one Borough Park grandfather is setting after he comforted the victim of an anti-Semitic attack last week. Vos Iz Neais reported about a Chasidic boy in Williamsburg being shoved to the ground, but the 9-year-old boy had the chance to go shopping in a toy store before Chanukah thanks to the kindness of Manny Krausz.
Krausz was moved after he reviewed footage of the attack on the boy, and he knew right away that he needed to do what he could to make the boy feel better.
“This was an innocent child minding his own business, and I wanted to take action to show an example to a lot of Jewish people that you cannot just listen to the news and say ‘oy nebach’ and continue with your routine,” Krausz, who works in real estate, told VIN News.
Krausz was able to draw on his own experiences, remembering his grandpa talk about how much he was bothered once after he was the victim of an anti-Semitic shoving attack in Hungary back during World War II. The thought of that targeted attack on his grandpa was bad enough, but trying to imagine such a thing happening to a 9-year-old was almost unfathomable for him.
“I wanted to show people what you need to do when a Jew gets attacked,” Krausz said. “A child could go through so many nights of trauma. This is America, not Poland or Galicia.”
Krausz took the boy to a store called Toys 2 Discover, and that kind gesture was actually one of a few similar ones that Krausz made before. He helped out a Chasidic boy four years ago after the boy was attacked and humiliated, so he took that boy shopping too.
“This is a message to Jew haters,” Krausz. “When a Jewish person gets attacked, we only get stronger and better and happier that we are Jewish.”
The Jewish Voice is always on top of anti-Semitic threats and has been reporting this week about another local anti-Semitic incident.
A Jewish professor at Columbia University in New York was the target of anti-Semitic vandalism on Wednesday, walking into her office to discover two red swastikas and the slur “Yid” spray painted on the walls.
Elizabeth Midlarsky, 77, has taught and researched the Holocaust at the Columbia Teachers College for nearly three decades.
She told CNN that she “almost passed out” when she discovered the graffiti and “was so shaky, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it.” Her shock and fear were so great that fellow staff members had to escort her home.
Midlarsky was similarly targeted in 2007, when she began publishing Holocaust research and took part in protests against an invitation to give a speech by Columbia to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, following his calls for Israel’s total destruction.
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