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October 13th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

Shining light on Emory school's past anti-Semitism prompts healing – and, for one man, questions

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) – Sixteen years after Susan Shulman Tessel lost her father, she sat on a Southern college campus Wednesday night and couldn't stop thinking about him. Surrounded by hundreds in a packed ballroom, she cried because he was missing. He should have been there with her and her mother. He deserved to be.

The late Irving Shulman was the only Jewish man to enter Emory University’s School of Dentistry in 1948. That was the same year someone else came to the school: the newly appointed dean, John E. Buhler.

After one academic year, Shulman flunked out. Buhler stayed on for 13 years, leading what some Jewish students would refer to as a “reign of terror.” Between 1948 and 1961, when Buhler left, 65% of Jewish students either failed out or were forced to repeat up to two years of coursework in the four-year program.

Those who lasted often paid. There were insults from professors such as “dirty Jew,” accusations by faculty of cheating and questions from the dean like, “Why do you Jews want to be dentists? You don't have it in your hands.”

Tessel's dad earned the distinction of being the first who failed.

Irving Shulman's widow, Irma Shulman-Weiner, and daughter Susan Shulman Tessel came to Emory last week because he couldn't.

His daughter, who lives in New York, heard him tell stories about the constant reminders of how awful he was. His molds of teeth  which he was so proud of  would either get crushed by hands or grades. Convinced he wasn't being treated fairly, a non-Jewish classmate agreed to turn in one of Shulman's molds under his name. Shulman's handiwork earned that student an A-minus.

“At least he knew he didn't make it up,” Tessel said.

Her late father gave up his dentistry dream and moved on to pharmacy school. But, she said, being at Emory last week would have helped him make sense of what had transpired. That's when 19 former Jewish dental students who had experienced that era came together and finally received the apology and recognition they had never thought possible.

“He didn't have the benefit of knowing he wasn't alone."

'A fraternity of silence'

Three years after Shulman was dubbed a failure at the end of his first academic year, Perry Brickman got his surprise letter from the dean telling him the same. Unlike Shulman, though, he had never been told he wasn't doing well.

Stunned. Embarrassed. Brickman was both. But he wasn't beaten down enough to give up on dentistry and was accepted to the dental school at the University of Tennessee, where he graduated fourth in his class. He would go on to have a 43-year career as a respected oral surgeon in Atlanta. He knew he was no failure. He also knew he wasn't alone. He was one of four Jewish men who entered the school in 1951; two years later they were all gone.

Brickman, 79, wasn't one to bring up the past. In 2000, he went to a reunion of his Jewish fraternity brothers from their Emory undergrad days. It turned out eight of the men in the room had been scarred by the same dental program, but it's not something they talked about. Brickman's wife, Shirley, would later start calling the former dental students “a fraternity of silence.”

It would be years before that would change.

In 2006, Emory University celebrated its 30th anniversary of Jewish studies. Eric Goldstein, a Jewish history professor, set up the exhibit to coincide with the event. He called it, “Jews of Emory: Faces of a Changing University.”

Most of the exhibit was a celebration of the campus’ Jewish life, Goldstein said, but a small section jumped out at Brickman.

He stared at statistics, a bar graph that illustrated what happened at the dental school between 1948 and 1961. The image had been featured in a chapter of “Some of My Best Friends...,” a book published by the Anti-Defamation League in the early 1960s. Like a skyscraper among short buildings, he said, the bar showing the numbers of Jews who failed out of the school or repeated coursework towered above all others. He couldn't believe what he was seeing.

The visual highlighted what Brickman always suspected about the dental school leadership and how that period was handled at Emory: “I wasn't a failure. They were a failure.”

He knew there were stories behind those numbers  not just of those who hadn't made it but also of those who did. Between the statistics and a conversation with a still-burdened classmate, Brickman set out on a path to find them all.

Making waves

A month before one man got his degree, he was forced to stand before the dean and assembled faculty for an hourlong dressing down. Later, one of the professors pulled the student aside and apologized, saying he had a wife and children to think about and had no choice but to play along.

Another said the day he got his diploma he felt like he'd been released from prison. A third repeated what a professor used to call him, "my little black sheep,” and then, bothered by the memory, muttered under his breath, “son of a bitch.”

These men said they were the "lucky" ones; the ones who actually made it through to earn degrees from the school. The 39 Jews who Brickman said enrolled during the Buhler era were all men; few women attended the school back then. Of that bunch, a dozen flunked out. Only three of those 12 became dentists. At least 15 of the Jewish dental students who lasted were forced to repeat coursework – and in some cases a year or two of study.

Art Burns, 80, of Jacksonville, Florida, flunked out in 1953 but went on to be first in his class at Temple University's dental school. The retired orthodontist recalled later bumping into the Emory dean in an Army base dental lab. Buhler looked at him and said, “Burns, I'd recognize that nose anywhere.”

Another who didn't fail – but who Buhler insisted didn't have the hands for dentistry – found himself being asked to treat dental school faculty throughout his senior year. Crowns, restorations, fillings. You name it, Ronald Goldstein did it.

“I must have had good enough hands for them,” said Goldstein, 78, of Atlanta, who lectures around the world, is considered a pioneer in his field and wrote the first comprehensive textbook on cosmetic dentistry.

The men were accepted to the school because admissions were handled by the broader university and not the dental school alone, said history professor Goldstein (no relation to Ronald). While quotas worked against Jews in many institutions at the time, the Emory dental school story was unique in that these students faced discrimination after they arrived.

Art Burns, with his wife, Olly, and daughter Marlēn, failed out of Emory's dental school but was first in his class of 131 students at Temple University.

The issues were talked about in small circles, but they weren’t discussed loudly.

What student would announce he'd flunked? What parents would talk about such news, especially in a community that put such emphasis on academic achievement? And this was Emory, a hometown liberal arts jewel many local Jews attended; who would criticize – or believe criticism about – such a place?

Beyond these hangups was the worry about backlash that permeated Atlanta's Jewish community. It was rooted in fears born of history and reality – Atlanta's infamous lynching of Leo Frank in 1913, the ongoing activity of the Ku Klux Klan, the 1958 bombing of the city's most prominent synagogue. Israel was still a fledgling nation. This was also the immediate post-Holocaust era, a time when Jewish people in America were just starting to understand the magnitude of what had happened abroad, said Deborah Lauter, the Anti-Defamation League's civil rights director.

“It was a real period of insecurity for the Jewish community, and that didn’t really shift 'til 1967,” after the Six-Day War between Israel and its neighbors, she said. “With a war victory came a newfound confidence of Jewish people.”

But a small handful of Atlanta Jews refused to let go of what was happening at the dental school. Art Levin, 95, paid attention to every snippet. Then the Southeast regional director of the ADL, Levin was determined to make Emory own up to and deal with the dental school's anti-Jewish bias. He collected graduation programs, which included lists of students in all four years, and studied how the Jewish surnames disappeared or were held back while their classmates moved ahead. He nurtured contacts who helped get him inside information from the registrar's office to back up his calculations. He wanted to make the case not by outing any victims but by presenting irrefutable facts.

When the local Jewish Community Relations Council wanted to tone down pressure on the university, Levin's response, as he stated in an Emory-commissioned documentary that premiered Wednesday evening: “Screw that. This guy has been torturing students for 10 years.”

Photos: Faces of discrimination

Levin, at the time, was “villified” by segments of the Jewish community for making waves, said ADL’s Lauter, a former Atlanta resident who, like Levin, did a stint as the organization's Southeast regional director. “But that's why we're here for people who face discrimination. Sometimes ADL has to be the tough guy. We take no prisoners in the fight against anti-Semitism.”

While Levin takes great satisfaction in knowing the story is finally getting public acknowledgement, Lauter said it's “bittersweet” for him. “He did feel stung by the whole experience." In 1962, after nine years in his position, he left the world of Jewish community work.

Levin, who now lives in Florida and is hard of hearing, was not able to be interviewed for this story.

A form devised by Buhler, which at the top asked students to check a box – Caucasian, Jewish or other (Emory was not racially integrated at the time) – ended up being his downfall, many say. The university president, S. Walter Martin, had been dismissive of the concerns Levin and some others raised. So when Martin was out of town, Levin brought a copy of the form to Judson “Jake” Ward, the dean of faculty, and Ward grew incensed. He marched down to see Buhler, who resigned soon after.

Emory's president still refused to acknowledge what had been going on and wrote off Buhler’s resignation as coincidental. Martin even insisted to local press, Goldstein said, that Buhler could have stayed at the dental school as long as he wanted.

With the dean gone, Atlanta's Jewish community essentially closed the book and put it away.

Not the man he knew

That book only recently opened for the former dean's son.

A sister-in-law sent John E. Buhler Jr., 65, a copy of a recent story in the The New York Times about the episode. What he read “caught me completely off guard,” he said. “I was completely unaware of that situation.”

He was a kid when his father landed at Emory and always believed politics in academia prompted his departure, nothing more. Everything he ever knew about his father, who died on Easter Sunday in 1976, belied what is being discussed now.

The former dean of Emory's dental school, John E. Buhler, was a different man to Jewish students than he was to his son.

The younger Buhler, a retired oral surgeon living in Huntington, Indiana, said he grew up with a man who cared about “helping kids stay in school and not throwing them out of school.” When he got into the field himself, he proudly watched how former students sought out his father at conferences, showering him with gratitude. One even boasted that he had named his child after Buhler.

“It just sort of blows me away. … He did so many positive things for dentistry and students,” the younger Buhler said. “It's hard to believe.”

Trying to make sense of it all, Buhler Jr.'s daughter sent her father an article that appeared in The Spartanburg Herald in South Carolina in 1964. It was written soon after the older Buhler assumed the dean’s post at the new dental school of what was then known as the Medical College of South Carolina – and after the Jewish community there weighed in with concerns about past anti-Semitism, demanding his appointment be rescinded.

The 1964 article quoted the chairman of the Medical College's board of trustees defending Buhler, saying he was recommended for the new position after a committee concluded the Emory charges were “not as serious as painted at one time."

The former dean's namesake doesn't remember his father ever saying a derogatory word about Jewish people. In fact, he's quick to point out that when the family lived in Atlanta, some of his parents' closest friends were Jewish.

These sorts of claims get former students like Brickman, who led the charge to humanize the dental school’s history, riled up. He has collected too many stories and seen too many documents, including incriminating notes written by Buhler himself, to call the former dean anything but an anti-Semite.

But for Buhler Jr., none of this adds up. Really, how can it?

“If this situation did exist, it was certainly out of character of the man I knew,” he wrote CNN the morning after the Emory event. “If indeed these events did occur, I feel badly for the individuals involved. Last night’s event might have made them feel better but didn't compensate for their injury.”

I am sorry. We are sorry.’

Facing its history is something Emory isn’t afraid to do.

In 2011, it issued a statement of regret for the school's involvement with slavery. The Southern institution once had slave laborers on campus and faculty members who owned slaves.

Earlier this year, Emory fessed up to fudging data to boost its ranking.

Meantime, the university boasts a Center for Ethics, campus dialogues on matters like race, sexuality and gender, and has long-proven its support for Jewish studies and community. It has 20 full-time faculty members dedicated to the field, including world-renowned Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt.

The school seemed ripe for the resurfacing of the dental school's history, which is why Goldstein, the Jewish history professor, placed a call last spring to Gary Hauk, Emory's vice president and deputy to the president. He said he had a friend Hauk needed to meet.

With testimonies he had recorded with his Flip camera, Brickman showed Hauk videos of men in their 70s and 80s, their negative Emory dental school experience still etched in their faces and emotions. Hauk didn't need convincing that something needed to be done.

A documentary incorporating Brickman's footage was commissioned, resulting in “From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory's Dental School History.” A plan was developed to invite the former students, their families and their widows to come together on campus for an apology that was half a century overdue.

What had happened to them at the dental school, which closed in the early 1990s for unrelated reasons, had never been formally acknowledged. It was time.

Blue ribbons were strung along aisles to reserve seats for the special guests, who first met privately with Emory President James W. Wagner. The men, some of whom hadn't returned to Emory since the day they left, arrived with family members from all over the country. Many went on to become great successes in dentistry. Those who gave up that dream excelled as physicians, lawyers, CPAs and computer experts. One man who flunked out tried his hand at painting, wanting to prove he had the manual skills the dean said he lacked; he won art show awards.

The experience had been a guarded secret for some – a chapter in life they hid from parents, friends, future spouses and their children. One woman in attendance said she had only learned the day before that her father failed out of Emory. For other former students, their time at Emory haunted them. One of their daughters – who refused even years later to apply to Emory when she went to dental school – dubbed herself and others like her “children of survivors,” a term often linked to the Holocaust. An 18-year-old man, who is gay and faced plenty of bullying, realized he could relate to the grandfather sitting next to him in new ways.

Widows and children of deceased former students showed up for those who didn't live long enough to see this day. One man, who was young when his father died, came to hear stories no one else in his life could tell.

All around them, as they took their seats, the ballroom filled. A standing-room-only crowd of hundreds came out to recognize them. Here, any shame from the past was lifted. Instead, these men were the picture of courage and worthy of respect – and that long-awaited apology.

“Institutions – universities – are as fallible as the human beings who populate them, and like individuals, universities need to remind themselves frequently of the principles they want to live by,” President Wagner said. “The discrimination against Jewish dental students undermined the academic integrity of the dental school and ultimately of Emory. … I am sorry. We are sorry.”

The night, which would end with a special dinner for this no-longer-silent fraternity, included a tribute to Brickman, who was called to the stage.

Norman Trieger traveled last week from New York to hear Emory's apology for and acknowledgement of past anti-Semitism. On Saturday, he passed away.

His wife, surrounded by family, clung to a tissue and dabbed her eyes. A daughter clutched her mother’s hand. A son looked up at his dad and beamed.

Brickman never did this for the Emory History Maker medal Wagner strung around his neck. Nor did he do this for the citation read to honor his work.

For him, this was a journey of discovery - one he took with the faces behind the numbers. With him that night were these men and their families, as well as the university he still loved.

Throughout the evening, and long after dinner ended, he saw tears, camaraderie, even laughter from some of the very men he feared were no longer capable of smiling.

All of this, he hoped, signaled what mattered most: Healing.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Discrimination • Education • Judaism • Prejudice

soundoff (1,537 Responses)
  1. Bubba Rydel

    ....yes and look at the american jews today. every jewish comic on tv takes cheap shots at mexican americans and asian americans without regard to them or their children. Stewart, Letterman, Chelsea Handler, Robin Williams etc. There are no exceptions. My friends wife is fine educated Mexican American woman and she calls them out every time. The first time she called a Jew Comic out was Billy Crystal hosting an awards show and he introduced the great rock band Los Lobos by infering that they looked like a notorious Latin Dictator. Sorry....not funny.....these guys probably went through hell to get recognized by the music world as a legitimate american rock band!. But that's the Jewish world, prejudice is only important if it affects the Jewish community.

    October 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • John

      thats soo tru, actually they laugh at everyone and when you try to make a joke about jews or say anything than all of a sudden the Racecard comes out and now you're a racist or an anti-semitic, I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THE MEDIA MAKES JEWS OUT TO BE THE VICTIMS WHEN JEWS THEMSELF ARE MURDERING PALESTINIANS DAY IN AND DAY OUT, WHAT ABOUT THAT HOLOCAUST

      October 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Art

      John you dolt... Israel has ethnically cleansed what? 20 % of Israeli citizens are Arab. Does that sound like ethnically cleansed? The West Bank has millions of Arabs. Speaking of ethic cleansing, how many Jews are in Gaza? Can you say hypocrite? 25 years ago Lebanon was 90% Christian. Today it is 5% and getting smaller. Who is ethnically cleasing Lebanon? In Egypt the Coptics are being murdered and otherwise being forced to leave. Who is ethnically cleansing them? I'm sorry I called you a dolt. Dolts at least have a brain.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • scatheist

      Art you're an idiot. Those Arabs have no influence, and the Jews will take as much land as they can as long as Arabs are in the minority. Build a house, and the Jews will bulldoze it.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Alex

      You have no idea what your permanent poisonous overbearing dwelling in the past and sorrow did to us. You took advantage of our compassion and used our trust to the point of total disgust. Because we see that you held everyone accountable to honorable principles but you and your leaders.

      You lie, manipulate our political and financial class, try to destroy or destabilize civilizations older than yours in your area, and when someone else is trying to remind you of these principles you point your finger, yet again, to someone else.

      October 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  2. Moshe Greenfarb.

    The holocaust remains the funniest event in the history of mankind.

    October 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • 1 Proud Jew

      Why can't I ever meet people like this guy on the street? They hide in a trailer park or basement somewhere and only hang out where they think they're safe. What a loser.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Source of Knowledge

      @ 1 PJ: Shut up, you whining, hook nosed oven dodger!! Go count your pennies.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • 1 Proud Jew

      What's wrong Source? Couldn't find any dix to suk today? Keep hating you little loser. You would get smashed if I ever saw you? Your life if worthless.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  3. Citizen

    When will the Semites ever apologize for their anti-gentilism?

    October 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  4. Ron

    My Jewish father who pased away last year after a successful life (88yo), came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day 1944. He fought his way across Europe, heroically I might add as his many US Army medals attest to, until he was wounded by german shrapnel outside the town of Aachen, germany. The little chicken-sh-ts that leave nasty anti-semetic comments here have their lives and freedoms to thank him for.

    October 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • crappygovernment

      Did we 'win' you in ww2? Sounds like a big fat 'L.'

      October 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • John

      No Ron we Thank ALLL OF THE VETERANS WHO FOUGHT THE WAR AND NOT JUST YOUR JEWISH FATHER. Actually he was fighting for the jews and not the United States. and he fought for Israel or what is now Israel after the second holocaust..you know the one where the Palestinians were ethnically cleansed

      October 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • freebird

      doubtful. your life was 'saved' or maybe youd be in madagascar complaining.
      hitler hated jews for the same reasons everyone hates em swindlers and backstabbers. and absolute crybabies get to work

      October 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Bubba Rydel

      300,000 Mexican Americans fought in WWII. Many of them died. For the Jewish cause. Where is their story?

      October 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • scatheist

      The chicken sh i ts are the Jews that think every time they're criticizes s anti-semitism. They almost never take any responsibility for their own actions.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • 1 Proud Jew

      My Grandfather drove a tank in ww2 and got shot by a Nazi. He survived and went on to serve his country for decades after. F*** racists. You don't belong in America.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • 1 Proud Jew

      Hey Bubba (lol), this story isn't about Mexicans. Guess what, if it was, jews wouldn't be on here talking s*** about them. We would empathize rather than pour salt on wounds. Loser.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  5. Rs1201

    Someone should look into Emory medical college and residency programs. Anti semitism is alive and well there and absolutely condoned by the university. We had to get an attorney involved to tell the university to back off my son, a resident in surgery or there would be major repercussions for the university.

    Emory should be ashamed of itself.

    October 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • John

      Rs: i think discrimination happens to alot of minorities and not only jews, ALL PEOPLE COUNT NOT JUST JEWS SORRY

      October 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Bubba Rydel

      Agree. You can't have it both ways. If you are going to fight racism, then you must fight ALL racism.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Art

      Het Buuba... Do you live in a cave? You said that if you fight racism you must fight all of it. HAve you ever heard of teh NAACP? Yeah that one. The one for blacks. Who do you think started it? Hint: the Jews. What religion was the first president? hint: He was Jewish. Who funded it? Hint: the Jews. Every hear of the 3 kids who were murdered in Mississippi on teh famous freedom march? 2 of those 3 were Jewish. How many civil rights oragnizations did your religion start? Hint: none. How many (white)Christians were killed on freedom marches? Hint: none.
      Now please tell us again how Jews only care about ourselves? Forgive us for being a little defensive as your kind (yes I said it) has been persecuting and killing my people for no reason for centuries.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Ann

      Rs1201 - Emory should look into this – you are disparaging this great school on a public forum. Hope more people would report your post to the school.

      October 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  6. John

    Jews themself these days stop other minorities from advancing in their careers especially if the hospital or school are run by jews....So dont give me the race card sympathy act. IT WONT WORK UNTIL JEWS REAT EVERYONE EQUALLY

    JEWS ARE NOT SUPERIOR TO OTHER RACES, CNN PLEASE KEEP YOUR REPORTING UN-BIASED AND TRY REACHING OUT TO THE REST OF THE 98% OF AMERICANS INSTEAD OF ONLY FOCUSING ON THE 2%(which are jewish)

    October 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • Rs1201

      You should have been aborted

      October 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • scatheist

      Exactly. Boy the Jews are so discriminated aganst. They are supported unconditionally by the wacko right wing Christians, and the Israelis can ontinue their ethnic cleansing plan unabated.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  7. Kenny Powers

    The real victims here are those in the service industry (catering, waiting, etc.) who have to wait on these oven dodgers.

    October 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • 1 Proud Jew

      If I'm an over dodger, you must be a bullet dodger. F2gz like you don't last long (except maybe in jail).

      October 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  8. John

    The eternal "victims" – worse things happened to Blacks, Gypsies, Irish, etc etc, but a few school rejections and bad grades, now that's REAL suffering......

    October 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • 1 Proud Jew

      There's no shortage of stories regarding other groups' suffering. Do you put on your pointy hat and post garbage on their discussion boards as well?

      October 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • MRolling

      "1 Proud Jew" – your name partially explains the reaction of non-Jewish people today.

      October 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  9. bob

    i work in a work place where all the chairman are jewish. how about them promoting themselves and keeping the rest of the races down. i never gave much thought the jewish community and actually respected them for their achievments. since i have started working in a jewish controlled work place, i now know why they do so well. they place into power those in their own community.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

      Judaism, denial of truth absolute is hinduism, racism by faith, hindu Jew's, racist by faith, can not get any worst than being a hindu Jew's, criminal secular or his blood brother Nazi's.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • alex_shin

      Being Jewish myself, I must admit this is usually true. Although it does not make your life any easier, you have to understand that this bias is a reaction on centuries of bigotry and persecution. For generations Jews could only rely on and trust their own.
      It will eventually disappear, where and when antisemitism will go away. My kids don't show any preference of other Jews because they never felt different and oppressed.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • 1 Proud Jew

      Not all Jews are the same Bob. Dooshbag.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  10. T.Brown

    Being a black child that grew up in the 60's and 70's l saw first hand the treatment Jews got even during school holidays. The so-called Christian goody,goddies would holler out Jew-Boy,or Jew-Girl and l didn't understand..in my eyes they were still white people then in Social Studies class we were shown news reels from WWII and l saw the nightmare scenes that haunt me to this day.It was my father who told me some of the orginal Jews were black, the Ethiopians and others. l would ask are we Ethiopian? No was the reply but never forget our people were treated as bad and at times worse because it still is happening today.Years later as an adult I moved to Boca Raton Fl and one of the first places l went was to a picture and frame store to purchase and frame a painting called "The Moorish Cheiftan" the owner and l struck up a conversation that has inspired me to this day ,we talked about family,love,trust,honesty etc,etc and then in walked an elderly couple the old man with a smile on his face and his wife who seemed sadder than anybody l 've ever seen.They held a small real old painting that needed a frame and when the man held it up l saw a tatoo of numbers on his forearm,he caught my eye and said do you know what this is and l said yes ,he went on to tell me him and his wife who he met at Auschwitz during the Soviet liberation.The painting was the last heirloom of his wifes family who's sister just died . We talked for about an hour and what l got out of it was love yourself enough to be loved and you can overcome almost anything. The man touched me and said "Be Blessed my son" and was gone. l have learned some things from Jews l have seen some who l would consider" Angels" and some who are"True Demons" as with all people.What l do know is that they don't give up and they stick together ,a lesson so many others need to learn.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

      Holocaust was a drama between blood brother's, Nazi's and Zionist, both believers of hinduism, racism, followers of hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism, secularism, deniers of truth absolute, hell with both of them, deserving of what they got, hinduism,. racism, hind, filthy of humanity.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Keeping It Real

      T.Brown,

      Excellent post. Thank you.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • John

      TBROWN: I do not believe you are black but rather a Jew acting black. I say this because Blacks have endured more racism and oppression than Jews ever will and a black man would not give such a false story like the one you posed unless it was a jew who was writing it, maybe you should have talked about how black people were persecuted in th south during that time and how they could not even attend college...i mean thats if you're black

      October 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • 1 Proud Jew

      Racist Arab terrorist are not welcome. Please flag them every time they post. They don't deserve to have their filthy comments read.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Bob67

      T.Brown, I too believe you are a jew. You guys never let this heal because you are milking it. Imagine we would hear the Rwandans and their children and grandchildren keep talking about their genocide, if the communism or other victims of the past and their families would dwell on their painful past over and over and over, with the same tenacity and as often as you do, where would we, as a society, be? An unbearable ocean of resentment, a society who would live halfway towards the past.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Beeskeeper

      T.Brown – ridiculous kindergarten stories, lol.

      October 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  11. JJ

    If you want to do a story about a wronged people then there is no greater story than that of the native American. Even after their attempted genocide they silently suffer to this day in reservations. Why aren't they given attention?

    October 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Benny Hill

      Soo true!!!

      October 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Keyser Soze

      These stories don't need to be mutually exclusive. All forms of discrimination must ne denounced.
      The current story has lots of merits. The past has to be understood, lessons have to be learned, mistakes corrected, pain healed. Hiding and avoiding the truth servers only one purpose: to perpetuate it. Kudos to CNN.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • John

      Jessica Ravitz: the writer for this article should actually write about all the other minorities who faced the same or much worst instead of only focusing on one of the minorities time and time again, there are 98% of the poulation who also needs to tell their side of the story...and Yes Native Americans have had it the worst, Unfortunately none of them work for CNN,MSNBC, or Fox so the will never be able to write theeir stories like Jessica Ravitz told hers

      October 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • 1 Proud Jew

      I agree. Women also suffered along with black people and Hispanics who are discriminated against still, today. Everybody's suffering needs to be acknowledged, INCLUDING the Jews. The odd thing is that it seems to upset other groups when Jews talk about their suffering. Why? Do Jews show up at Native American rallies and tell them to shut up and go home? No. Do we have such a limited attention span that we can only focus on one group's suffering? It makes no sense. Why are so many racist losers always commenting on stories regarding Jews? Seriously, f*** you people.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • anon

      So true. The Native American gets very little attention and they were treated just as bad. However, the reason they DON'T get the attention is because unlike OTHER minorities, they aren't obnoxious, stiff necked, and constantly whine and moan all the time about how hard they and they alone have had it. They keep to themselves, and are perfectly content as a whole, staying on their reservations, drunk off their @ss all day. The men anyway.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  12. Benny Hill

    Soooooo will someone put a face on the Palestinian women and children who have been murdered in Gaza and the West Bank???

    October 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Bernard Lazare

      No. Jews get to do that because of the holocuast free pass that allows them to commit any war crime without penalty.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Art

      Perhaps if the palestinians would stop murdering Israeli chidren there would be no need for Israel to take out the rocket launchers that send missles into Israel. Perhaps if the Palestinians would stop teaching their children to hate things might be more peaceful. And speaking of free passes how come you give Muslims free passes every day? Since 1948 Muslims have killed more than twice as many other Muslims that all western countries (including Israel) combined. How come you are silent on that? Could you say hypocrite?

      October 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Bubba Rydel

      All they have to do is stop hosting terrorism against Israel and accept them as a legitimate state. Half of Israel is Muslim. They work and live peacefully in Israel. They love working and living in a peaceful state where their women are allowed to attend school and their children have opportunity. Israel will always defend itself against murderers.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • 1 Proud Jew

      Hey Bernard, all you need is your own holocaust. Then, you too can have a free pass. You f*g.

      October 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  13. Mitzy

    Emory was hardly alone. The Ivy Leagues banned Jews outright. The Jews in New York turned instead to SUNY and CUNY, transforming these schools into academic powerhouses. Those schools that welcomed Jews found themselves mining a rich vein of highest quality scholars, eventually forcing the Ivies–Harvard especially–to realize they were missing out on some the brightest students in the country, so they too began admitting Jews, albeit with a quota. Meanwhile, Jews, having gone elsewhere, began to dominate law, medicine and science, turning the UC's and UMichigan into the best public universities in
    America. For all of their progress in diversity, the Ivies still retain vestiges of anti-semitism, especially at Columbia.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  14. alex_shin

    Sounds very familiar... Many of my friends had very similar experiences in early 80's in Soviet Russia. But in most cases they would not be even accepted into universities.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • DI

      I was a student that time in USSR. Most of that "horrible stories about antisemitism in USSR" – just a fairy tales. Including those abuot – "unable to get into the college because of a jewish".

      October 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • alex_shin

      DI, I am not going to argue with you. I know specific people who were failed in entrance exams, year after year, with excellent knowledge, after spending tons of money on tutoring. They were just too stubborn to quit and do elsewhere.
      I am not talking about second rank engineering schools or universities – they would accept anyone, Jewish or not. But many top schools in Moscow and Leningrad were well known for their antisemitism. Try being accepted into LGU. MGU, Fiztech, 1st Medical Inst. in the early 80's with Jewish last name and no "connections".
      IT's true that most Jewish students eventually got their degrees, myself included. But choice of school and major had to be "adjusted" to the realities.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  15. Ben Schlomo Schitzfrumlipz

    The world tires of the eternally persecuted pets of God. Do they ever ask themselves if perhaps their own behavior is the reason everyone hates them?

    October 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • mdbill

      are you serious? surely you jest

      October 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • kamenliter

      Go stuff your head down a toilet you piece of C**p.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • 1 Proud Jew

      You may hate Jews, but your mom LOVES us. In fact, you may one day find out you're a Jew.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  16. J.M.

    Discrimination still happens, sadly. I've known many instances in the medical field alone. My father was also heavily discriminated against in the 80's. Luckily the people who were discriminatory left, which allowed him to flourish in his field of work. The situation at Emory is very saddening, and hopefully the apology provided some closure. We have come a long way since then, but still have a ways to go. All humans are created equal.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  17. Bernard Lazare

    Destroy the USS Liberty,kill US navy sailors in a act of Israel sponsored terrorism and get away with it.

    But they still cry that they are the eternal victim!

    October 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
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    October 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  19. Dallas

    And the blacks think they have something to P and moan about. No other group of people was more discriminated upon than the Jews.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Bernard Lazare

      Oh yeah those Jews have it so hard with those harsh antisemitism laws and that whole country they stole from the Palestinians but yeah,they're victims!

      October 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Bubba Rydel

      Wasn't Texas once Mexico?.....oh I guess that's different.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Art

      Bernard Lazare.. What an idiot.... Israel stole land from teh Palestinians? Impossible. First there never was a country called Palestine. Second in 1948 Israel pleased with the Palestinians living in what is now ISrael not to leave. But in 1948 the Grand Mufti of Jeruselem in a famous radio broadcast told all Palestinians to leave for a few days while the Jews were "pushed into the Sea." and then they could return. Well hehe, things didn't quite turn out that way did they? The Jews were not pushed into the sea. In other words, the Palestinians who didn't stay voluntarily left. Others sold their land to Israelis.
      Oh and by the way it was the Muslims who stole the land from the Jews. As anyone can tell you, Mecca and Medina were Jewish towns until Mohammed and his hoards came and stole them from the Jews. The land that is now Israel also originally belonged to teh Jews. Who do you think built the first and second temples in Jeruselem? Finally, only a moron would want Islamists as a friend and ally instead of our only true friend in the middle east, Israe. Fact: Israel votes with the U.S. more than any other country in the U.N. That includes Canada and Britain. Why am I even responding to dolts like you?

      October 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Art

      That should say "pleaded" not "pleased"

      October 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • @Bernard Lazare

      The posy is shamelessly attacking you.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • John

      Bubba Rydel, do you live in US? You take things out of context and interpret them as it pleases you. So many like you turn around and stab the host countries in the back.

      October 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  20. Shaloom

    if you kill more palestinians destroy more homes you are going to fee lmuch better

    October 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
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