Ed Koch tombstone

1. Rest in Peace

Koch died on February 1, 2013. His funeral was attended by thousands, including Bill Clinton. Though staunchly Jewish, Koch requested to be buried in a non-denominational cemetery, the only cemetery left in Manhattan still accepting new burials, as he said he could not stand to leave his beloved city, even in death.

However, on his tombstone are engraved a Jewish star, the Hebrew words to the Shema prayer, and some of the last final words of martyred Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl: “My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish.”

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