No New England Zedhead joined my friend and me during our visit between 12:15 and 1:00 pm, the time announced. This would have been a disappointment to Irwin.
Irwin Schiff's Grave, 10/16/2016
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The cemetery in Farwell Street, West Haven was quite large and divided into several Jewish Congregations, but none of the notices displayed the name furnished by the funeral home: Adas B'nai Jeshurin. So we had to search for a few minutes to find the grave.
The big clue was the grave of his parents, Anna and Jacob.
We'd learned that Irwin's was close by.
The clincher came from a temporary label placed by the funeral home. It may have suffered under the blades of a grass mower.
Irwin was an accomplished amateur magician, and he must still be up to his tricks; because after I'd walked to the other end of his lot I turned round and saw that a notice had appeared at the far end! It forms a kind of temporary headstone.
A closer look revealed a quote from George Orwell, and a longer one from the back cover of the Federal Mafia. So yes, Irwin was definitely the author.
Doesn't that summarize exactly what this extraordinary man was all about?
We collected a few stones and placed them as close as possible to the temporary headstone in what we hoped was the Jewish tradition, as a sign of respect and gratitude (remember the closing scene of Schindler's List?)
Then after a moment of quiet reflection and recollection, we took our leave.
Later that Fall, Irwin's family put up a really splendid headstone, seen here on the second anniversary of his death.
Again there were some commemorative stones on top, and I added another that day, 10/16/2017.
I thought the inscription extraordinarily well composed.
Seven words, summarizing perfectly the life of this extraordinary man. His roots, his work and passions: for America, since he was a fervent patriot, and for liberty, freedom from the curse of big government. He fought, to the very end; yet he did so with great humor and humanity.
He set out to make government obey its own published laws, which do not include an income tax; and at enormous cost he proved that task was impossible. In so doing, he exposed an truth even larger than he had pursued: that, once established, government cannot be constrained by laws.
It remains for us, his admirers, to build on the foundation he laid. The means is available.
An account of the 2005 trial of Irwin, Cindy and Larry can be found here.
The Federal Mafia and other now-free books by Irwin can be obtained here.
Jim Davies' 2016 e-book How Government SILENCED Irwin Schiff can be ordered here.