Jewish leader trapped in Auschwitz gets his line almost right

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.”

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