Target: Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich
Goal: Remove sign that reminds people of park’s Nazi past.
When a park sign at Crescenta Valley Park in Los Angeles was erected, Jewish communities were offended and outraged. The sign reads “Willkommen zum Hindenburg Park,” which translates to “Welcome to Hindenburg Park.” This might sound harmless until one discovers the history the park shares with Nazism. Jewish people should not have to be reminded of the horrors of the Holocaust when they go for a stroll in the park; demand that this Nazi-affiliated sign be removed.
The park was originally created by the German American League in the 1920s, so that local Germans could have a meeting place where they could celebrate their culture. However, as the 1930s rolled in, these celebrations started to have a political edge to them. Many Nazi rallies were held there, and the park was named Hindenburg Park to commemorate the president who appointed Hitler as chancellor of Germany. By honoring this part of the park’s history, the sign glosses over the atrocious hate speeches that were delivered there.
Leading the opposition to this sign is the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. They are working to increase public awareness to the issue, because the people were left out of the decision-making process for this sign. They believe that if the public had been a part of it, then the County would have found out about the controversy sooner.
Even though the people were left out of the sign’s initial decision-making process, you can be part of its removal. Sign this petition to have Nazi-associated sign taken down.
Dear Supervisor Antonovich,
You may not have realized it when you greenlighted it, but the park sign in Crescenta Valley Park has ties to Nazi history. It makes members of the Jewish community feel uncomfortable because it reminds them of the violent, hate-filled speeches against them. Crescenta Valley Park, formerly known as Hindenburg Park, has a darker history that should not be glossed over. Please listen to the objections of the community and remove the “Willkommen zum Hindenburg Park” sign.
Back in the 1930s, many Nazis and Nazi sympathizers held rallies at Hindenburg Park, spewing anti-Semitic rhetoric. Even the name Hindenburg Park is Nazi-affiliated, for Hindenburg was the president who appointed Hitler as chancellor of Germany.
This is not a part of the park’s history that should be honored through a commemorative sign. For the sake of the community, please take down this controversial sign.
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