Success breeds enemies as surely as it breeds friends.
Despite initial culture shock and a business dispute regarding proposed annexation, Sholomâ€™s, and the Jewish communityâ€™s, relationship with the broader community was amicable.
The annual Taste of Postville event celebrated the varied cultures that made Postville their home, the Jewish community among them. Sholom contributed to local communal projects and events.
It was no surprise, then, that when the attacks came, they came from outside the town. An animal rights organization attacked Sholom for details of Shchita, religious slaughter, not to their liking. The UFCW workers union, failing to convince the plantâ€™s employees to unionize, launched a brutal campaign to subdue the company economically.
The final blow came with a euphemistically labeled â€˜workplace enforcement actionâ€™ in May 2008, in which federal agents swooped down and brutally rounded up employees, seized the companies books, and constructed an elaborate case accusing Sholom of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and of bank fraud.
Sholomâ€™s treatment at the hands of law enforcement, the Justice Department, and the judiciary are detailed elsewhere, but suffice it to say that he was unjustly treated, charged and sentenced.
Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin and his family are now fighting for his release with the indispensable assistance of justice loving people everywhere.