EXCLUSIVE: Read the racist handwritten note a tradie left a man whose parents were murdered in Auschwitz – after being called out for parking ute across his driveway
- A tradie lashed out at ‘Jews’ for taking up parking spots
- The tradie had parked his ute across a resident’s driveway
- Resident left tradie a note calling out the selfish act
- Tradie responded with vile accusations about Jews
A tradesman called out for parking illegally across a residential driveway in Melbourne has responded in the vilest of ways.
The tradesman had blocked access to the elderly couple’s home, which is positioned a stone’s throw from Elsternwick’s Adass Jewish School – southeast of Melbourne’s CBD.
Stunned by the tradie’s reckless disregard, the couple placed a note on his ute’s windscreen that read: ‘Why are you parked across our driveway? How selfish can you be?’
A tradesman left this vile letter on the windscreen of a resident whose driveway he had blocked in the heart of Melbourne’s largest Jewish community
Hours later, the couple were left stunned and afraid when they found the letter stuck to the windscreen of their own car, which had been parked in an open garage on the property.
‘Because the Jews took up all parking and I had a job to do,’ the note stated.
The couple, who asked not to be identified out of fear of reprisals, are sadly not unfamiliar with racist attacks.
The couple’s parents had fallen victim to the Nazis during WWII, with the parents and siblings of one all murdered in Auschwitz – the notorious Nazi death camp.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission, slammed the tradesman’s racist attack on the couple.
‘Antisemitism rears its ugly heads in the most unusual circumstances, and here is another example that singling out people of the Jewish faith is becoming the norm in Melbourne,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.
‘Instead of admitting that he made a mistake by blocking the residents’ driveway, this individual chose to go to the playbook of racism and blame the Jewish community for the lack of parking space.’
The tradesman’s car blocked elderly Elsternwick residents from leaving their home
Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission, is alarmed at the ongoing attacks against the Jewish community
Elsternwick hosts one of Australia’s largest Jewish communities and is home to the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library and the Elsternwick Classic Cinema.
‘I wonder whether any of his clients who are Jewish realise that he harbours such negative and degrading sentiments about them,’ Dr Abramovich said.
‘It’s no wonder that this couple, who lost family in the Holocaust at the hands of the Nazis, is shocked and afraid after this man walked into their garage and left this intimidating note.’
The sickening incident is the latest in a long list of anti-semitic attacks against Melbourne’s Jewish community.
In December, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews outlawed the display of the Nazi symbol and is in discussions with Jewish leaders to ban the Nazi salute.
Dr Abramovich said such incidents scar and traumatise the Jewish community as a whole, not just the individual victims.
‘At a time of skyrocketing antisemitism that is spreading like wildfire across the nation, any expression of religious intolerance is entirely unacceptable and a direct affront to the values of inclusion and sense of belonging that are fundamental to our multicultural way of life,’ he said.
THE HORRORS OF AUSCHWITZ
Auschwitz-Birkenau, near the town of Oswiecim, in what was then occupied Poland.
Auschwitz-Birkenau was a concentration and extermination camp used by the Nazis during World War Two.
The camp, which was located in Nazi-occupied Poland, was made up of three main sites.
Auschwitz I, the original concentration camp, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, a combined concentration and extermination camp and Auschwitz III–Monowitz, a labour camp, with a further 45 satellite sites.
Auschwitz, pictured in 1945, was liberated by Soviet troops after around 1.1million people were murdered at the Nazi extermination camp
Auschwitz was an extermination camp used by the Nazis in Poland to murder more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews.
Birkenau became a major part of the Nazis’ ‘Final Solution’, where they sought to rid Europe of its Jewish population.
An estimated 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Since 1947, it has operated as Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, which in 1979 was named a World Heritage Site by Unesco.