Ongoing anger and violence towards Jews can be traced back to the creation of Christianity, religious historian David Nirenberg said in a lecture that was part of Northeastern’s Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week. The potential for future atrocities grows when society fails to connect present-day anti-Semitism to longstanding prejudices that have reoccurred throughout history, he said.
Ellis James, a first-year student at Northeastern who grew up a block and a half from the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, spoke at a vigil in memory of the 11 people who were killed in a shooting there. James and his family have long attended services at the synagogue. Here is the transcript of his speech, in its entirety.