Not These Pictures

My reaction to the cover of the January 24 Hamodia cycled so quickly from shock to anger that I feel compelled to write in protest, in the hopes that no future cover should take advantage of the Shoah in the way that this one did.

It is one thing to write a first-person editorial, as the publisher did in Features. With words, she evoked the horror of what happened, told on the canvas of one family’s experience. There was coverage galore inside the paper, both news reportage and editorial comment.

But there is a great difference between words and pictures; as a newspaper you must be aware of that.

To say that imagery like this on your cover is disrespectful of the Six Million Kedoshim is a gross understatement. The crimes of the Shoah are not a way to sell papers.

Malka Rubin, Long Island, NY