SWC to Work with Chicago TV Station WGN to Promote Holocaust Education Following Yom Kippur Incident

September 25, 2015 (CHICAGO)- The Simon Wiesenthal Center has been in contact with Larry Wert, President of Tribune Broadcasting and Greg Easterly, General Manager of WGN-TV Chicago following the recent incident where a staff member of WGN-TV Chicago chose a symbol of Nazi Germany to acknowledge the Jewish Day of Atonement during a news broadcast.


In addition to their heartfelt apology to the community, Tribune Broadcasting and WGN-TV are taking proactive steps by working with the Simon Wiesenthal Center to provide Holocaust education and tolerance training for their employees.  Alison Pure-Slovin, Director of the Midwest Region for the Simon Wiesenthal Center said, “While we understand that there was no malicious intent in using the yellow star, this incident highlights the ever-growing need for Holocaust education in in both historic and contemporary contexts throughout the Chicagoland area and beyond.”


”We appreciate the thoughtful feedback we are receiving from the Chicago Jewish community.  It speaks volumes to the character of the community we live in that those we may have offended most are the first to help us turn this very unfortunate mistake into a teachable moment,” said Greg Easterly, General Manager of WGN-TV Chicago.


The Simon Wiesenthal Center will continue to monitor the situation and will also remain in close contact with the leadership of Tribune Broadcasting and WGN-TV to ensure that an error of this magnitude will not happen again.


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