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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, November 8, 1985

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BY JOSEPH AARON
Special to The Jewish News

JEWISH NEWS!

My name is Joseph Aaron.
I've been spending some time
recently wondering how Jew-
ish-sounding that is.
I've been wondering that
because of a crippled old man
in a wheelchair who wound up
being thrown into the Mediter-
ranean with two bullet holes in
him. 'Because of his J ewish-
sounding name.
I've been wondering, too,
because of seven passengers on
TWA Flight 847 who were
kept separate, treated dif-
ferently, cut off from the other
hostages, until the very end.
Because of their Jewish-
sounding names.
Two more lessons for those
of us with Jewish-sounding
names. As if we needed yet
another lesson.
But maybe we do. It has,
after all, been 40 years since
the war in which six million in-
nocent people were slaught-
ered simply because of their
Jewish-sounding names. Forty
years since six million very dif-
ferent people — Orthodox,
Conservative, Reform, Athe-
ist, Zionist, Socialist, Corn-
munist, Pole, German, Lithua-
nian, Rumanian — with no-
thing in common to provide a
reason for their extinction,
were deemed to have every-
thing in common. Because of
their Jewish-sounding names.
That was enough.
It was enough to result in
the murder of my grandfather
and my grandmother and my
16-year-old aunt and my
dozens of other relatives, all
with Jewish-sounding names.
Even despite the fact that the
family had changed its name
to Aaron from the 'more
Jewish' Hershkovitz some 100
years before to avoid some
other pogrom. Aaron, evi-
dently, was Jewish-sounding
enough.
And so, again in 1985, there
is a selection made, again hav-
ing a Jewish-sounding name is
enough to get you special at-
tention. And so, again, a
simple Jew named Aaron is
wondering. Wondering be-
cause Aaron, is after all, out of
the Bible, as is Joseph. Which,
I guess, makes it pretty Jew-
ish-sounding. Yet, it's not as
Jewish-sounding as my neigh-
bor's name of Cohen or the
names of some of my friends —
Shinsky, Skolnick, Rubinstein.
Yet still I wonder, for who's
to know, who's to say for sure.
And I'm not alone in that
wondering. A friend who
doesn't have a particularly
Jewish-sounding name, and
who didn't loseiany relatives in
the Holocaust, also began
wondering when his long-
planned trip to Italy and
Greece was set for last week.
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reminded that he wasn't just
another tourist heading off on
just another vacation. The
business of Jewish-sounding
names had taken care of that.
And so he had to be con-
cerned about more than get-
ting traveler's checks and
packing enough suntan lotion.
He had to think carefully. For
he was a Jew in a world that
showed again it wasn't going
to let him forget that. And so
he had to remember the JCC
membership card he carries in
his wallet. He had to wonder if
that card might not be some-
thing that could earn him an
extra vicious beating. Or
worse.
And so he left it home.
Scared. For though it's the end
of the 20th century and he's a
citizen of the most enlightened
nation of Earth, having some-
thing Jewish-sounding re-
mains something that can be
hazardous to your health.

Leon Klinghoffer and TWA
Flight 847 reminded us that
while technology and the times
may change, some things
don't. That while it's as true
today as it was 300 years ago
that a rose by any other name
would smell as sweet, it is
equally true that a Rosen may
be in as big trouble.
And so, when the world ac-
cuses us of being paranoid, of
suffering from some complex
or other, of being security-
crazy, of making an issue out
of being Jewish, we should re-
mind them that it is they who
make the issue of it. They who
do not let us alone.
And so, when we begin to
engage in self-bashing, in
destructive debates over who
is a good Jew, who is a better
Jew, who, in fact, is a Jew,
maybe we ought to remember
that the world already has an
answer for that. All it takes is
a peek at a passport.
That is reality. As for why
that is, perhaps it's a question
best left to philosophers and
theologians. For me, though,
I've always thought the best
answer to why? was given by
my favorite writer, Mark
Twain, in an essay he wrote
almost 100 years ago.
"If the statistics are right,
the Jews constitute but one
quarter of one percent of the
human race. It suggests a
nebulous dim puff of stardust
lost in the blaze of the Milky
Way. Properly, the Jew ought
hardly to be heard of, but he is
heard of, has always been
heard of. He is as prominent on
the planet as any other people,
and his importance is extrav-
agantly out of proportion to
•the smallness of his bulk.

That, in the end, is our
burden. And our blessing.

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