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Readers sound off on Holocaust comparisons, unproven COVID treatments and Turkey

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22.09.2021

Commack, L.I.: As a child survivor of the Holocaust, I found Voicer Ron Goldman’s comments comparing Mayor de Blasio’s vaccination mandates to Nazi Germany disgraceful. Having to provide proof of being vaccinated to gyms, eateries and entertainment events is a far cry from being forced to wear a yellow Star of David with the word “Jew” written on it in public as a form of humiliation, discrimination and isolation.

After the Nazis invaded the Netherlands, Dutch government officials had to sign affidavits that neither they, their wives, nor their grandparents were Jewish; Jews were not allowed in government positions; all Jews residing in the Netherlands had to register with the German authorities; a ghetto was established in Amsterdam; all Jewish assets were blocked and confiscated; Jewish businesses were closed; Jewish newspapers were shut down; Jewish children were expelled from public schools and universities; forced-labor camps for Jews were established; they were limited to shopping between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. and had to observe a curfew between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.; Jews were forbidden to use public transportation, own telephones or visit the homes of non-Jews.

Mr. Goldman, I very much doubt that anti-vaxxers will be stripped of their citizenship, deported to concentration camps in some foreign land and murdered in a gas chamber. You have a choice: You can get one of the vaccines that will help curtail the spread of deadly COVID-19 or be inconvenienced by being excluded from enclosed public places. My maternal grandparents, their disabled adult son and more than 50 members of their extended family weren’t given a choice. They couldn’t change their ethnicity and were killed because of it. Yvonne Fitzner

Little Egg Harbor, N.J.: I admire the passion in Voicer Jake Pickering’s letter about GOP political overreach, but why does somebody from California care so much about what Texas does? While nobody should put up with political overreach, it seems Republicans and........

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