There are some 'tin ears' in the Office of the Mayor; bit of a problem with values as well.

News 100 blackBy Staff

January 27th, 2020



Penny Hersh, a citizen, wrote the Mayor’s office asking if the city’s flag could be lowered today to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the German death camp where a reported million Jews were put to death.

The request was denied. “We can unfortunately not lower the flags every year in remembrance as there are just too many international remembrance days.”

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The liberation of Auschwitz is not just another Remembrance Day.

Hersh pointed out to the Mayors office that the flag was lowered for the citizens of New Zealand who died when there was a mass shooting on the Muslim Community.

There appear to be some “tin ears” in the office of the Mayor who reported that there would be a mention in the Mayor’s social media.

It’s not quite the same.

There is however, an opportunity to do the right thing at this evening’s council meeting: A moment of silence for the six million that are no longer with us because they were Jews.

Children at Auschwitz

They were children whose playmates were ushered into a gas chamber to die of Zyklon B poisoning.


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11 comments to There are some ‘tin ears’ in the Office of the Mayor; bit of a problem with values as well.

  • Joe Gaetan

    Nothing deserves more recognition than this.

  • ken moffat

    The Mayor is planning a trip to Auschwitz, really? I hope she’s paying for it out of her own pocket, otherwise it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money. Honoring the victims as well as the survivors and ensuring future generations understand what happened can be here in Burlington.
    Ken Moffat

  • Michael jones

    Disappointing to read this. They say if we had a moment of silence for all victims we would be silent for 11 years. Considering rise in antisemitic acts we should be more unified against. Wasn’t city hall vandalized, what a missed chance to show support. Shame on them all.

  • Drew Parkinson

    Where does council have the GALL to lower the flag for a mere 51 New Zealand deaths half way around the world perpetrated by a single nut job, but fails to do the same to commemorate the liberation and ending the atrocities committed by a lunatic world leader and regime!!!!!!! Sounds like a case of anti-Semitism and pro-Islamism, typical of todays PC governments and leaders!!!

  • Judy christie

    My apologies, 10 million. But does it really matter.

  • Judy christie

    100 MILLION PEOPLE!! Gypsies, catholic, Gays, and 6 million Jews do not deserve to have the flag lowered for 1 day??? How sad. Hurts my heart+++and my head. We are all important.The Holocaust should never be forgotten and never happen again. Please teach our young people about acceptance. No one is better than anyone else. Everyone of us are on this earth for a limited time. All of us!!

  • John Birch

    Stunning. Words fail.

    Never Forget.

  • S.C. Gardner

    Was this request just for the 75th ir was it to be an annual request?

    Response: It was for the 75th anniversary only. That point was made clear in the request.

  • Claudette Mancini

    Lest we forget…..

  • Wendy

    “We can unfortunately” ?? time to check your grammar on this important issue