Jewish Journal

Students pretended to be Nazis; ‘incinerated’ the Jews

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 5, 2010 | 2:05 am

This makes “Kick a Jew Day” seem philo-semitic. Beyond disgusting news from the California desert:

Seven seniors at a Southern California high school were facing disciplinary action for participating in a game called “Beat the Jew” in which losers were subjected to “incineration” or “enslavement,” a school administrator said Friday.

The game involved some students playing the role of Nazis who blindfolded and dropped off other students playing Jews who must find their way back to the campus, said Sherry Johnstone, assistant superintendent of personnel for Desert Sands Unified School District.

It was not immediately clear what either punishment comprised for losing players, she said.

Seven seniors at La Quinta High School could be suspended or barred from graduation, among other measures, Johnstone said.

The odd thing is how tame the game seems, and how unrelated it was to anything that happened in the Holocaust. So where did the motivation come from to give the participants these roles and make light of the death camps?

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