42 Detainment Camps

Have you ever seen Marathon Man? If you have, you may remember the scene above where a woman on the street in the Diamond District recognizes the Nazi, Szell. This story is slightly reminiscent of that scene.

When we lived in Upper Manhattan, we belonged to the gym at the YMHA (Young Men’s Hebrew Association). There was a home for the elderly next door, and the residents would gather at the YMHA to eat and take part in social activities. There was a great deal of elderly Jewish residents, some of whom had survived the Holocaust.

One day we were leaving the gym, and an elderly woman in a wheelchair pointed at Andy and started screaming in fear, “Detainment camps! Detainment camps! DETAINMENT CAMPS!”

When we finally realized she was yelling about Andy, we hightailed it out of there. Neither of us wanted to prolong her terror, or our feelings of awkwardness.

Never in a million years would I have imagined this scenario. It humbly reminds me that when I look around at my neighbors and fellow New Yorker’s, that regardless of our pasts, we have a lot to be Thankful for in the present.


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