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

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  1. crappygovernment

    How long until Tebow fans are added to the SPLC's domestic terror watch list?

    October 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  2. Kindness

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    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved
    Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door,
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    Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.
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    For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
    Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
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    Truth is..exclusive

    October 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  3. Jimda2nd

    Um perhaps jews are doing something that makes people angry with them, maybe Byzintines, Romans, Germans, Russians, Egyptians, Muslims though out time these people have fought against Jews Why?

    October 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • blame the victim

      Seems like you may not be very smart. And by very, I just mean a little bit.

      Maybe Africans wanted to be slaves?

      When I go to the bathroom, I produce material that is smarter than you are!

      October 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • 12car

      Most of those cultures also used slaves too... which we know now is bad.

      Just because it was done in the past, doesn't mean there's a good reason to do it now.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  4. Olaf Big

    Even in those days, this was an aberration. How is this national news sixty years later???

    October 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Susie Ess

      Why do you keep saying "national news?" The story is on the Belief Blog within CNN. Wake up and smell the coffee, man. It's a faith related story in a blog section of the website about...FAITH. If you don't care about faith related stories then don't click on them.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  5. Susie Ess

    Anyone who thinks anti-semitism is a thing of the past and suggests that people need to "move on" need only to look at the 13+ pages of comments to this article.

    This article wasn't about the Holocaust. It was about American history. If the topic of the book isn't of interest to you then don't read it. Move on.

    Further, those of you who believe any literary focus on the Holocaust is evidence of some Jewish plight for attention is ignorant of world history. Yes, 6 million Jews were killed but millions of non-Jews also perished at the hands of the Nazis. The importance in teaching about the Holocaust, just as in teaching about US slavery and the Civil Rights movement is to teach people about society's past wrongs in an effort to avoid them again in the future. Unfortunately, too many of the people commenting on this article are too bigoted to see the forest for the trees or didn't spend enough time in history class.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • troy

      I feel horrible about the holocaust...that the Palestinians are suffering through. Why no CNN stories on them?

      October 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • shawn

      Finally some words of wisdom. These boards are filled with hatred and people with low IQs. I hope none of them are able to vote in the US.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Olaf Big

      That't exactly the point. This is a footnote to American history of the 20 th century. Yes there are people whose lives were affected by this injustice, but being put into the perspective of other events of that time, how is this national news?

      October 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  6. troy

    He'll be smiling once Romney sends Israel another $6 billion in American tax dollars and the US Marines to fight their wars for them.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • truth be told

      God blesses those who bless His people.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • crappygovernment

      Nobody from Khazaria in Eastern Europe is related to the biblical era Jews. They are complete fakes who converted in the Middle Ages, and have no claim to any land in the Middle East.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  7. arik

    To be honest, I don't care for the pity of Jews being abused. we are use to that. What amazes me, is the comments from Jew haters. Jews are done with America, time to leave before they kick out with nothing. The sad part, when we leave, it's the end of the place

    October 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • jim

      ahhhh sure......

      October 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  8. crazyEd

    These guys suffered terribly at a system that was meant to hate them for who they were.
    The experiences they suffered are similar to some Catholics by the media (and the government) because of their beliefs. If you don't beleive me, look at how many people post hatred towards Catholic stories that CNN post. Or how much viterpetude is written when articles discussing how Catholics, in pursuit of the beleifs, are seen as stupid, ignorant and worse.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  9. Scott

    I've never understood why people hate jews. I mean, where on earth does all the hate come from? What did jews ever do to them? I'm not jewish, heck I don't even know one as far as I know, maybe I do, I don't know... I don't go around wondering if people are jews.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • GA Bulldogs Fan

      Scott. Go read their history.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Bulldogs are embarrassed

      Go read their history????
      What kind of gas mileage does your home get?

      October 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • shlomomo

      Are you kidding ? All the major banks that just destroyed America are run and owned by Jews. Have you noticed how they treat Palestinians? Wake up.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Scott

      shlomomo... Those banks are publicly traded companies... they're not "owned by the jews". lol

      October 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • tess

      jewish people are hated because they bow to no man. They have no image of their diety. They worship HIS word. Follow HIS commandments. Believe in a G-d who encourages achievement does not attempt to restrain progress. In essence the Jew is dangerous to those who wish to control thought, to keep the mind in chains.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • shlomomo is uneducated

      Wow....way to go old school with the anti-Semitism. Jews own all the banks and the money and therefore lets blame them! How clever. You'd be right at home in the Middle Ages.

      As for the Palestinians, maybe they should stop squandering every chance they have for peace. Not to mention, that is an Israeli issue and not a Jewish one. I'm guessing someone as foolish as yourself wouldn't know the difference.

      Oh, and not to rub your face in it, my home has a foundation and no wheels on it. Guessing yours does not.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Loretta

      Sadly the people here must hate themselves more so they have to put someone else down. The Jews are a small enough minority to not be a threat so they are an easy target. Most of these morons point to some history they never read that makes no sense – so they cast blame. This country is still a wasteland of prejudice and is presently self destructing because the brainless mob is now in control.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  10. Pete

    lol What happened to them? They tell STORIES that don't even sound bad at all, even IF they were true.

    It's comical.

    CNN throws in 9 images of old Jewish men with their stories of "antisemitism". Images meant to suggest they have somehow led a rough life, full of hateful antisemites calling them names and holding them back. But most of them are just complaining about "flunking out", with no proof whatsoever of any "anti-Jewish" comments, let alone an "anti-Jewish" policy by the school.

    lol One relentless professor called Mr BLACK his "little black sheep". Oh my.. How HORRIBLE! And he kept this to himself his entire life? What a heavy burden. Pfft... And of course CNN tries to make these guys look like they had a rough life. Give me a break.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Pete is smoking the hate weed

      Get a life pete. Take responsibility for yourself rather than pointing fingers and brewing hatred.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm |

      You're an idiot to the third power.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • jim

      Good post and right on

      October 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Pete is the pubic hair in the urinal

      only difference is that the pubic hair is probably a tiny bit smarter.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  11. Lord Yabu

    Being that CNN has more Jews working there than Israel has citizens I can see why this got top billing.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Lord Yabu is an idiot

      I'm guessing you are not all that smart. By guessing, I mean inferring.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  12. Woman

    People should be judged as individuals by their acts, not based on looks or ethnic group.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • shlomomo

      That makes no sense The Jews blame every German for Hitler even if they were not even born.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  13. Jesus H. Krist

    Christian fundis are the same as jihadists.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • just wondering

      A lot of fundies blowing themselves up in your neighborhood are there?

      October 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  14. Ellen

    Stop hating on Jews! We all should stop hating, period. Hate is not productive and will not get any good results. It breeds more hate and violence. Jewish people I know (and I know a lot of them) work very hard and exercise a lot of inter-family cooperation in order to succeed financially. Instead of hating them and being jealous, try working hard yourself!

    I hate particular human BEHAVIORS. We should not hate each other. People can change their behavior if they

    October 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • crappygovernment

      Isn't it human normalcy to hate foreign swindlers?

      October 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Ira

      Ellen, well said.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      People on this board are crazy. I'm assuming half of them are pimply twelve year olds and the other half are busily typing from their trailers. Guess it might be time to double down on education.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  15. icurheinie

    But for the last 50 years it's been the exact opposite, with the Jews gladly advancing one of their own over a better qualified candidate. When will it all stop?

    October 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Pete

      No, that's how it has ALWAYS been. They just want you to think it's all new and that they were always the "victims".

      Jews have been expelled 109 TIMES, yet they still try to convince us that EVERYONE else was always 100% wrong, that they never did anything to warrant these expulsions, and that they are not the common denominators repeating the same (destructive) pattern of behavior.

      it's ALL lies. The entire "history" they have taught you.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      Think you are a bissel meshuga.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Woman

      What a false equivalency!

      October 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  16. Dilbert Smithers

    Who cares? Isn't Jewish month in Nov or spring? Why do we need Jewish history every month?

    October 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  17. wjmccartan

    No disrespect to the Jewish people, but how does this article warrant more attention then a reform school in Florida that was mudering the charges they were responsible for and burying these kids in unmarked graves, and had been doing this for decades. There is a little inbalance in the news, specifically when it comes to people of the Jewish faith. Early this year a Jewish man from Isreal became the first person in America charged with trafficing human organs. Do think he was given time that reflected the crime, not even close. Their were people their that supported this guy and said there was nothing wrong with buying Kidneys from less fortunate people and selling them on an open markets to the highest bidder. This man should have received life, but because of his faith he received less than five years. You might ask why the major media outlets didn't cover the story or the trial,but again it was because of his religion that it never happened. Go ahead and google it a few smaller news agencies picked it up but that was all.

    Lucid One

    October 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • WJM

      I understand your concerns. I suggest u be the writer and submit it to CNN.Very good idea. No one needs to be forgotten. Least of all u. No one is as important as u and all other ideas have no place. U r right. Right all the time.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Alexa

      Well the short answer is, there is no school in history that has murdered MILLIONS of its students, and then had the remaining students discriminated against for years after, so yeah – a little different.

      October 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  18. Frank Lostaunau

    Dr. Max I. Silver was a wonderful man who attended Emory University. I will never forget him...bless his heart!

    October 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  19. no nothing

    Emory was built by slaves too. just saying

    October 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  20. Deborah tolson

    Just another example of the evils acts that have been hidden in this country of such greatness. For those who say it's in the past, then how is it okay for those who celebrate the confederacy by re-enacting the civil war, which was one of Americas greatest tragedy

    October 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
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