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Kent State: National Tragedy with a Jewish Face

by Anonymous |May 01, 2010|Comments


Kent State.
Clockwise from top left, Allison Krause, William Schroeder, Sandra Scheuer and Jeffrey Miller



By Jonah Lowenfeld, The Forward

Kent, Ohio At 11 p.m. on May 3, a group of marchers will begin a candlelight vigil at Kent State University in Ohio to recall what is for many a distant echo from another era.

The killing of four unarmed students by members of the Ohio National Guard during a national wave of campus protests against the Vietnam War will have its 40th anniversary this year. And as they have every year since 1971, those honoring the students' memory will circle the area where the demonstrations took place and end up in the parking lot where they were killed.

There, the gathering will hear students from the campus Hillel recite the Kaddish.

The Jewish prayer for the dead has been recited regularly at this annual event since the early 1980s a reflection of the fact that three of the "four dead in Ohio" famously memorialized in song by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were Jewish.


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