On Friday, Pittsburgh buried the latest victim of the worst anti-Semitic killing ever in the United States: Rose Mallinger, 97, the oldest of eleven faithful killed in a synagogue in the city six days ago.
Hundreds of people in the northeastern city of Pennsylvania formed a long line in front of the Rodef Shalom synagogue, where his body was exposed before his funeral, local press reported.
“I came for the family and in solidarity with the Jewish community,” 63-year-old Mel Brody told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s surreal to be here, we never thought we’d lose 97-year-olds in a shootout,” said Michelle Organist, quoted by USA Today.
Rose Mallinger, born in 1921, died from a bullet wound from anti-Semitic shooter Robert Bowers during the Shabbat service, which she attended with her 61-year-old daughter Andrea Wedner. She was injured during the attack. Hospitalized, she is in a stable state, according to local media.
Rose Mallinger approached the 100 years, but “kept his alertness, his humor and his intelligence until the last day,” said his family in a statement.
The Tree of Life synagogue, where she was shot, was central to the life of this resident of Squirrel Hill, the historic heart of the Jewish community of Pittsburgh.
“His involvement in the synagogue went well beyond the Jewish religion,” said his relatives. “It was the place where she was social, active, where she met her family and friends.”
Mother of three, she had five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. “She loved us and knew us better than us,” they wrote in their statement.
Since Tuesday, Pittsburgh has said goodbye to the other ten victims of Robert Bowers, who, arrested and charged, incurs the death penalty.
The battered city also hosted Tuesday President Donald Trump and his wife Melania. They came to witness the Americans’ solidarity with the Jewish community and gathered at the Tree of Life synagogue.
More than 1,500 people demonstrated on the sidelines of their trip to ask the tenant of the White House to give up his fiery diatribes, accused of disinhibiting the far right.
A few days before the crucial legislative elections for the remainder of his term, these calls were unsuccessful.