The town said the Grobs could name the library and they chose to name it The USS Liberty Memorial Library," and the town council approved.
The Jewish community went berserk when the name was chosen.
Gideon Goldenholz, rabbi of the Beth El Ner Tamid Synagogue in nearby Mequon, called it a cynical act" which carries "a hint of anti-Semitism" and is therefore "insulting to Jews."
Phone calls and letters from Israeli spokesmen in Milwaukee urged
local donors to withdraw their contributions because of the "anti-Semitic" influence.
Soon Jim Grant, city manager. discovered that someone was checking into his background, verifying his military record, and otherwise searching for some fodder for a scandal. Librarian Kathy Kafka learned that persons unknown were attempting to verify her academic record.
Almost immediately Grant learned that the $83,000 federal
commitment had been "postponed" because of complaints about the "anti-Semitic"