SPRINGFIELD — A Missouri road adopted by a neo-Nazi group under the state's litter cleanup program has been renamed for a rabbi who narrowly escaped Nazi Germany in World War II.
Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday signed a bill naming a half-mile stretch of U.S. 160 in Springfield the "Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Memorial Highway."
But Heschel's daughter says her late father wouldn't have felt honored by the move. Susannah Heschel, a professor of Jewish history at Dartmouth College, also said she's worried future generations will think her father condoned Nazi beliefs.
A leader of the Springfield Unit of the National Socialist Movement said Wednesday that renaming the highway "is silly" and shouldn't have been done.