Lev Tahor's use of Holocaust symbol 'offensive': B'nai Brith

A member of the ultra-orthodox Lev Tahor sect walks across the roadway leading into their enclave...

A member of the ultra-orthodox Lev Tahor sect walks across the roadway leading into their enclave at Spurgeon's Villa, north of Chatham, Ont., while Chatham-Kent police keep watch over the community on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (VICKI GOUGH/QMI Agency)

Kelly Pedro and Vicki Gough, QMI Agency

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CHATHAM, Ont. -- Under the Nazis, the yellow Star of David marked Jews for death.

Now, a runaway Jewish sect that's been ducking the law and trying to stay ahead of child-welfare authorities seizing its kids, is trading on the Holocaust -- using the same yellow badge to symbolize the persecution it insists it's subjected to.

The latest move by the ultra-orthodox Lev Tahor sect, which fled Quebec for Chatham last fall amid allegations of child abuse and neglect, is "inappropriate" and "offensive," some Jewish academics and organizations said Monday.

"They are not being persecuted and brought to death," said Alain Goldschlager, director of the Holocaust Literature Research Institute at Western University.

The Nazis forced Jews to wear the yellow ID badges as they singled them out for extermination in the death camps.


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