‘JUDE’ STARS: BAD TASTE?
AN AMERICAN Orthodox parent explains why he feels distinctly uncomfortable with the fact that his children are being made to wear yellow stars in their school as part of its Holocaust Day memorial ceremony: “The first year that my son was at this school, he came home wearing his ‘Jude’ star. I was not prepared for this. I got pretty emotional about it. I had a strong visceral reaction and thought that maybe the school should have sent out a note to parents to educate them and prepare them for the programme. I even spoke with the principal about it. This year, my older son did not wear his star and my younger one, at his brother’s suggestion, took his off before he got off the school bus. My older son never forgot about my reaction that first year and wanted to be sensitive to my feelings. He felt that since it had caused me distress, that it must be somehow ‘wrong’ for the school to give out these stars for the children to wear. It is not that I think it is absolutely wrong. I am actually still unsure how I feel about it. But my gut tells me that I don’t want to see my children coming off the bus wearing these stars.”