Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Holocaust Survivor: Can't get burial at Arlington Cemetery

Holocaust survivor and army chaplain, Abraham Klausner will not get burial rights at Arlington National Cemetery. The reason: his service as an army chaplain was not long enough to receive full burial honors. The army rejected his family appeal for burial but said they would allow his cremated remains to be stored there. Many Jewish Groups and Congressmen expressed their outrage at the decision, they believed that someone who had witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust should be exempt from the cremation rule."It's just unbelievable to me he would be denied being buried at Arlington cemetery," said Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization based in Los Angeles. "It's a rule that violates religious principles. So I want to know who made the rule and why it wasn't challenged."

2 comments:

Batya said...

cremation!?

Christians consider burning a punishment in hell, so how could they order a Jew cremated?

Jewish Blogmeister said...

I did not know that. Thanks for that great point!