Whether you’re in a state with a large Jewish population or not, naming your roller coster “Zyklon” is in pretty poor taste
A roller coaster at this year’s Broward County Fair in Florida is managing to piss a whole lot of people off. Because if you’re going to name your roller coaster something you think sounds cool, giving it a name similar to poison gas that was used to exterminate hundreds of thousands of Jews during WWII probably isn’t the smartest idea.
The ride is “The Zyklon.” Zyklon B was the name of the lethal cyanide gas used at Nazi death camps. But, the ride’s owner said, that’s definitely not what it’s named for. Zyklon is German for cyclone. Still, it’s offending some in South Florida, home to the most Holocaust survivors in the nation, after New York City.
“I know it’s so many years ago now, but I wish people would still care,” said Mildred Blank, of Pembroke Pines. Her husband of 60 years, Paul Blank, was a Holocaust survivor. He died in May.
“I saw the name and recognized it immediately from the stories he told.” The name “Zyklon B” was printed on the metal canisters manufactured by a German company called Degesch.
“Of all the names in the world, why do they need to name rides that?” said Rita Hofrichter, a Holocaust survivor who works at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center in Hollywood. “It’s upsetting to me to come across that, as a survivor. I lost my whole family in the gas chambers, particularly in Auschwitz.”
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