[Cz-L] Latest about the Popovici plaque

From: jerome schatten <romers_at_shaw.ca>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 15:41:11 -0700
To: czernowitz-L <czernowitz-l_at_cornell.edu>
Reply-to: jerome schatten <romers_at_shaw.ca>

I agree with Andy and then some.

The current position the City government is, in my view, simply an
attempt to 'sanitize' history. If the administration cannot honour the
total man including his native tongue, nationality and his
accomplishments, then I think that not only do we dishonour Popovici
by whittling away at his memorial, but we dishonour ourselves for
becoming a willing partner in this nonsensical whitewashing of the

I know how disheartening it must be for Mimi and others who worked so
very hard to bring this project to fruition, but what will it say of
us Czernowitz Jews, if in the end we give tacit consent to this not so
subtle historical revisionism?


On Sat, 20 Sep 2008 05:19:41 -0700, Andrew Halmay
<venivici_at_rogers.com> wrote:

> Re Romanian on the plaque - I would make it clear to the city
> fathers of Chernivtsy that Popovici was Romanian, not German nor
> Ukrainian. That this plaque is intended to honor him not to exclude
> his mother tongue which is to insult him. If they have an objection
> to Romanian then we will mount the plaque on his ancestral home in
> Romania and direct all tourism to it instead of to Chernivtsy. I've
> seen picture of the area. It's lovely there. P.S. And, of course,
> we can then eliminate the Ukrainian text since it is irrelevant.
> Regards. Andy.

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