Oklahoma City Jewish community buries Holocaust victim’s remains

(JTA) — Members of the Oklahoma City Jewish community buried the remains of a Jewish Holocaust victim at a local cemetery. The traditional Jewish funeral took place on Sunday at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Oklahoma City, The Oklahoman reported. The remains of the woman, a skull, was in the possession of local Christian minister, the Rev. Charles McDade, who had received it from the daughter-in-law of a Jewish man who had investigated Nazi war crimes as a member of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, a wartime intelligence agency. The woman had asked the minister to reach out to the local Jewish community to see if they could take care of the remains, McDade told the newspaper. The minister in 2014 contacted Rabbi Abby Jacobson, spiritual leader of Emanuel Synagogue. Jacobson told The Oklahoman that she contacted several Holocaust memorial and education groups, including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., which as a federal agency is not authorized to deal with such matters. The remains were buried in a hand-carved wooden coffin with a Star of David carved on top, made by Fred Poplin, a member of the community. Many of the worshippers who came to the funeral lost grandparents in the Holocaust, and at least one had parents who survived the horrors in Europe. The burial took place on Tisha b’Av, a Jewish day of mourning. “We are able to right a wrong to a person and give dignity to the deceased, “We are honored to bring some final dignity to this nameless woman,” Jacobson said. Powered By WizardRSS.com | Full Text RSS Feed