A Mormon has left the Jewish community incensed after ‘insensitively’ posthumously baptising the parents of a famous Holocaust survivor. Asher and Rosa Wiesenthal, long-dead parents of the late Simon Wiesenthal, were baptised in a common practice offensive to many Jews. Rosa Wiesenthal died at the Nazi death camp at Belzec, Poland, in 1942, but Asher was killed years before in action as an Austrian soldier in 1915. The Mormon Church is coming under more scrutiny thanks preparing for the baptism of a child parents Broadway show The Book of Mormon and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
We are outraged that such insensitive actions continue in the Mormon Temples,’ Wiesenthal Center associate dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper said. The only way such insensitive practices would finally stop is if Church leaders finally decided to change their practices and policies,’ he added. We have suspended indefinitely this person’s ability to access our genealogy records,’ a Mormon spokesman told the Salt Lake Tribune. Expert Jewish genealogist Gary Mokotoff, of New Jersey, said he was told by the Church that the member’s wife has also had access suspended. He spent years pushing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to remove names of Holocaust victims from its genealogical index, reported the Salt Lake Tribune. A new computer system now requires Mormons to avoid submitting names of Holocaust victims for baptism unless they are their direct ancestors.
Mr Wiesenthal died in 2005 aged 96 and was a top Jewish rights advocate in his life after surviving several concentration camps. He spent his life documenting the crimes committed by Nazis and hunting perpetrators, including top SS official Adolf Eichmann. The baptism of his parents was discovered last month by activist and ex-Mormon Helen Radkey, reported the Huffington Post. Mr Romney helped baptise his staunch atheist relative Edward Roderick Davies, father of his wife Ann, years after the man had died in 1992. The comments below have been moderated in advance. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Could tackling your garden this summer make you happier?
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