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Ed Koch’s headstone quotes Daniel Pearl; Both died Feb. 1


Poynter reports that the late Ed Koch will be buried at Trinity Church Cemetery with a grave marker inscribed with the brave last words of Daniel Pearl, the journalist kidnapped and beheaded by jihadists in 2002.

This @poynter headline gives me chills: “Ed Koch’s grave marker is inscribed with journalist Daniel Pearl’s last words”…

— Nina L. Diamond (@ninatypewriter) February 1, 2013

The former New York City mayor’s headstone was placed in 2009 and reads, “My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish.”

Ed Koch’s headstone echoes Daniel Pearl (via @poynter)

— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) February 1, 2013

Koch wanting last words of Daniel Pearl on tombstone brings me to tears. Pearl’s simple statement/declaration of faith incredibly powerful

— Lisa Fingeroot (@LisaFingeroot) February 1, 2013

Koch wrote about “what’s on my tombstone, and why” in 2011:

On my tombstone, which awaits me at the Trinity Church nondenominational cemetery at 155th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, I had inscribed the last words of Daniel Pearl — uttered at his publicly viewed murder — which were, “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish.” I believe those words should be part of the annual services on the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur, and should be repeated by the congregants.

More at Poynter, including an excerpt of a 2008 interview with Koch about the grave marker.


Koch died on the eleventh anniversary of Daniel Pearl’s murder.

Father Jewish, Mother Jewish, I am Jewish, #NY Mayor Ed Koch gravestone, Daniel Pearls Last words, Both died Feb 1st

— Einfal Group (@einfal) February 1, 2013

Mayor Ed Koch, whose tombstone is engraved with final words of slain @wsj reporter Daniel Pearl, died Feb.1, same day Pearl did, 11yrs ago!

— Swapna Venugopal(@SwapnaVenugopal) February 1, 2013

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