Paul Stanley took to Twitter following the tragic Pittsburgh Tree of Life Congregation shooting to share a statement with fans.
The Kiss frontman started his Oct. 29 post by explaining his parents’ backgrounds, which tie his heritage back to that of the shooting victims. His mother fled the holocaust in Berlin as a child while his dad was born a first generation American Jew, and Stanley recalled his parents’ friends having concentration camp numbers tattooed on their arms, always there as a reminder of the horrific suffering that went on before their eyes.
“Shockingly,” Stanley continued, “I have met holocaust deniers over the years who either find the magnitude of persecution of Jews over centuries incomprehensible or would rather because of some twisted agenda choose to minimize or rationalize it.”
Stanley then told people to put “divisive, hate filled rhetoric” aside, adding that his heart goes out to the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting and hate crimes everywhere.
“We are now in a frightening and dangerous time for society,” he said. “But there is always hope in realization. We have power. We created this. We must end it. All of us.”
View Stanley’s full post below.
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 29, 2018