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Friday, December 26, 2008

Champions visit the Holocaust Museum

Some of you may have noticed that I was posting a little late Thursday night. That's because I was up watching the World Champion Boston Celtics play the Lakers in Los Angeles (the wonders of 'internet TV'...). Unfortunately, the Celtics lost (for the first time in 20 games). But during a trip to Washington on December 11, the Celtics - led by All Star Ray Allen - paid a champions' visit to the Holocaust Museum. And if the Boston papers covered it (and I was in Boston then), I didn't see it anywhere (Hat Tip: NY Nana).
The tour was initiated by Celtics' shooting guard Ray Allen, who already visited the museum four times in the past. Allen explained that he felt it was important for the players to learn about phenomena like the Holocaust and their effect on society as a whole.

The team's lead coach Doc Rivers [in the black shirt with his arms folded in the picture below. CiJ] said that the visit was "incredible and eye opening," and added that although he knew many Jews were murdered in the Holocaust he never realized that their number was six million.

One of the team's physicians, Russian-born Vlad Schulman, was especially moved by the tour, as 11 members of his family perished in the Shoah.

Following the visit to the museum Coach Rivers also met with Israel's Consul-General to New England Nadav Tamir, and expressed interest in the Euroleague and a possible visit to Israel.
Hey Doc - we Celtics fans in Israel would love to see you here. The picture below is of Brian Scalabrine (the redhead) and Ray Allen.

The pictures came from the Israeli consulate in Boston via YNet.


At 3:46 AM, Blogger midnight rider said...

Carl -- NEW BOOK ALERT -- you may already be aware ot it.

48 Hours of KRISTALLNACHT Night of Destruction/Dawn of Holocaust an Oral History by Mitchell G Bard, Ph. D.

Essentially an eyewitness history from those who were mostly children at the time.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Marvin Kaleky said...

It is very gratifying to find that the Celtics visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington. But, I am puzzled. Doc Rivers must be living a hermit's life in a cave in some remote part of the world to be ignorant of the fact that six million Jews died in the Holocaust. He wasn't born yesterday. Or, is this the culture of today, If it didn't happen to me, then I don't want to know about it?

At 1:09 AM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

Thanks for the hat tip, Carl.

I was so proud of the Celtics, but amazed that there seems to be so little coverage here.

I wonder how many other NBA teams would do the same, and also wonder how many players and coaches are as clueless as Doc Rivers.

At 1:36 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Marvin Kaleky,

I don't know why Doc Rivers wasn't aware that six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. But the fact that the Boston media (let alone other media in the US) have not covered it all might explain part of his lack of awareness.


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