Dear Haverford Community,

We were made aware of a very offensive and antisemitic Yik Yak conversation that took place among Haverford students on the night of Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the night of Holocaust Remembrance Day. We find the statements you will read dangerous and hateful. They do not reflect the values of trust, concern, and respect that the Haverford community supposedly holds dear. As Jews, we feel targeted and deeply hurt. Below you will find the full conversation.


Laura Newman Eckstein ’16

Daniel Konstantinovsky ’16

Michelle Parris ’16

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

~Martin Niemöller (source)

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Laura Newman Eckstein is the Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator a the University of Pennsylvania. She is an enthusiastic cartophile, a digital humanities lover, and creative spirit. Currently, Laura lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys spending her free time exploring the city with friends, reading books, and playing with her landlord's dog.