Last week, several leaders of the European Jewish community found themselves in an awkward situation that made for some unfortunate headlines. For example, here’s how Haaretz reported it:
Rome Jewish community leader trapped inside Auschwitz, interrogated by police: Grandson of Auschwitz victims got locked inside the death camp and was caught trying to climb out.
Like Snakes on a Plane, the nice thing about that headline is it tells pretty much everything you need to know — “Night at the Museum III: Escape from Auschwitz”, coming soon to a theater near you.
When that movie finally is greenlighted, I have just one minor suggestion for the scriptwriters. Haaretz’s story included a quote I think is just about close to perfect:
“They arrested us and treated us roughly as though we were criminals,” community spokesman Perugia told Haaretz.
That is, close — but not quite there. I’d have gone with, “They arrested us and treated us roughly as though we were Jews in Auschwitz.”