A new campaign launched by New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind calls for Nazi war criminals living in the United States to be brought to justice. “Would you be a Nazi’s neighbor?”, the ad asks.
The Brooklyn assemblyman, a son of survivors, said that he is committed to pursuing Nazis living in the United States. The provocative posters are part of Hikind’s #NoNazisInUS campaign. His site alleges that some Nazis have already been identified by the U.S. Justice Department.
The posters are set to begin appearing at bus stops and newspapers this week.
“Several Nazis suspected of taking part in wartime atrocities are currently living freely in the United States,” the ad reads. “With a united voice, we can remove this evil from our midst and gain a small measure of justice for the millions of victims of the Third Reich.”
The campaign names Jakiw Palij, reportedly a Nazi camp guard who now lives in Queens. Hikind, joined by a number of Holocaust survivors and hundreds of yashiva students, protested last year at the home, according to Hikind’s website.
“Palij has had it pretty good in Queens,” the website quotes Hikind saying. “That’s an insult to decency. It is an affront to justice. Worst of all, it is a vile slur to the innocent souls of the men, women and children murdered by Nazis,” he said.
But not everyone thinks Hikind’s campaign is so tasteful. A blog post in Heeb Magazine notes that the hunt for Nazis has little to do with Hikind’s real job in Albany. In a seemingly sarcastic jab, the blogger writes, “Still, Hikind might be on to something here; For those of you planning an upcoming move, it’s important to ask your realtor if your new neighborhood is zoned “Nazi-free.”
The posters feature a photo allegedly showing Nazis moving Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to a collection point to be sent to the Treblinka Extermination Camp. Another set of ads show a picture of crematoria. Both pictures ask, “Would you be a Nazi’s neighbor?