Anti-Semitic Videographer Saddened by Jewish Couple’s Press Push: They Want to Attack Me
The videographer caught on tape making anti-Semitic remarks while filming a Jewish couple’s wedding isn’t pleased that they took the story to the press, The Jewish Chronicle reported Friday.
Anthony Aurelius was caught on tape making several disparaging comments about the wedding, and remarking “I don’t blame Hitler.” When he sent along an unedited version of the tape, the couple, Claudia and Stan Gocman, were then made aware of Aurelius’s actions.
But Mr Aurelius has now told The Jewish Chronicle he believes that the couple went to the press to punish him.
“They want to attack me. It’s very upsetting, I’m sorry that they’re doing this. I’ve said I’m sorry and have refunded them,” he said. “What’s worse, what they’ve done – or a quiet conversation between me and my partner?”
He told the Chronicle his comments were “definitely not done out of malice or ignorance. I never meant to hurt anyone. In retrospect, it was just an idle stupid conversation with my partner. It was private.
“I said it highlighted a character flaw in me. All I can do is pray to God and speak honestly and truthfully.
“The company went under because it was a difficult time. I’m in financial difficulty now. There’s not a lot of money in it, especially with a low budget. It’s very difficult.
“It’s not worth doing a job unless you’re making people happy. I’ve got to find something that is fulfilling and controllable.”
Aurelius said he is remorseful about the comments made about Jews: “I’ve thought about it in depth. They’ve definitely got a stronger manner about them, but they’re still human beings, so they’re no different to all of us.
“Their culture is stronger, because of what happened in the war. They’re stronger as a result of the punishment they went through – they’ve gone on to grow up because of it.”
Claudia Gocman, for one, remains unmoved by Aurelius’s contrition.
“He was not remorseful – until he got caught out,” she said. “I don’t think he’s sorry at all, he just wanted to get away with it. But we have the evidence now and everyone has seen him for what it is.”