Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Monastery at Auschwitz

Adopted by the CCAR at the 98th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis

WHEREAS the projected Carmelite monastery on the site of the Auschwitz death camp has been tainted by regrettable insensitivity from its origin as a gift to Pope John Paul II by a small segment of the Belgian Roman Catholic community, and

WHEREAS the building itself was the storehouse for the Zyklon B gas utilized primarily for the efficient mass murder of Jews, wherefore the building belongs as a part of the museum to Nazi infamy that is preserved at Auschwitz, and

WHEREAS the very name Auschwitz has unique overtones of association with the merciless slaughter of Jews, others in the hundreds of thousands having been murdered there in a commonality of victimization,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Central Conference of American Rabbis objects in the strongest terms to the establishment of a Carmelite monastery at the site of the Auschwitz death camp as a total disregard of Jewish sensitivities as well as a violation of the spectrum of Auschwitz victims and urges relocation of the monastery to neutral ground.