May 21, 2013
Senior Editor and Editorial Cartoonist
Investor’s Business Daily
Dear Mr. Ramirez:
We were deeply offended by your May 1 syndicated editorial cartoon, “Gosnell Clinic,” which depicted babies held in captivity behind a barbed-wire fence and in front of ovens in a scene clearly reminiscent of Auschwitz.
The use of imagery so closely connected to the Nazi camp Auschwitz – the distinctive sign over the gates, the open ovens, the barbed wire, the prisoners clad in striped garments – was shockingly insensitive and an insult to the memory of the more than 1.5 million people who were tortured and who perished in the gas chambers at that concentration camp. Moreover, you subtitled the cartoon with the phrase “Never Again,” which is, to the Jewish people and indeed to all of humanity, a reminder of the obligation to ensure that the horrific crimes of the Holocaust, which led to genocide on an unfathomable scale, are never again to be repeated. Never Again is not a catch-all phrase. It should never be politicized, nor twisted to make a comment about abortion.
Whatever one’s views about abortion, there can be no comparison between the murderous acts of Dr. Kermit Gosnell and the crimes committed by Hitler and the Nazis during World War II. To us, and many others who complained to us about your cartoon, the use of the Auschwitz analogy serves to trivialize the crimes of the Nazis and the memory of their victims. And for me personally, a survivor from Poland who lost most his family in the Holocaust, it felt like a slap in the face.
Mr. Ramirez, in the past you have shown a willingness to listen to our concerns and address them when necessary. I hope that you will take to heart our concerns in this instance, and make an effort to publicly acknowledge that your use of the Holocaust imagery here went too far.
Abraham H. Foxman