Missouri renames road cleaned by neo-Nazis after rabbi

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 | 7:30 p.m. CDT

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.


Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.