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.

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.”

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.