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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 

Ultra-Orthodox magazine insults female Holocaust survivor by blurring photo

The Mishpacha magazine's English edition supposedly isn't as stringent as their Hebrew-language counterpart, but they still managed to cause anger that could've been avoided by desecrating the memory of women who experienced the horrors of Auschwitz:
A popular English-language ultra-Orthodox magazine has been slammed for blurring the faces of women in a photo of the liberation of children from a Nazi death camp. The newspaper said it was a mistake, but has not replaced the photo in the online version of the story.

The Mishpacha weekly, widely read in communities in Israel and the United States, published a story last week on survivors of the gruesome experiments conducted by Auschwitz doctor Josef Mengele on Jewish twins. But in a photo of one survivor twin holding a photo of the camp’s liberation in 1945, the heads of two women were pixelated.

[...] The pixelation of women in Nazi camps in an English publication has struck a nerve, as did the fact that only the male twin’s picture was published with the article (his sister also survived, and was interviewed by Mishpacha).

Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll, a resident of Beit Shemesh and founder of the religious women’s organization, Chochmat Nashim, posted on Sunday on Facebook that the paper “utterly disgusts” her and that its staff should be “ashamed” of themselves.

Saying the magazine was “beyond the pale,” Keats Jaskoll wrote that pixelating the women was tantamount to erasing their memory.

“If she’s a Nazi victim, you’ve murdered her again, if she’s a Holocaust Survivor, you’ve done what the Nazis didn’t, and if she’s a liberator you’ve desecrated her name,” she added.
Fortunately, it looks like they finally unpixelated the photograph in the online edition, but the damage is still obviously done. I think anybody who went through such horrors should make clear they can only give interviews provided there's a guarantee their pictures will be used. And these draconian decrees that women cannot be present in pictures in Haredi publications has to be stopped.

Here's another article on The Forward.

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