Reactions to the Shooting at the Holocaust Museum

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Friday, June 12, 2009

I am a parent of an eighth-grade student who was at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum during the shooting ["At a Monument of Sorrow, a Burst of Deadly Violence," front page, June 11]. The bravery and sacrifice of the security guard who was killed possibly saved the life of my child and those of the other students at the museum. I wish to extend my sympathy to his family, and I hope he is recognized for his sacrifice.

PAUL GORMAN

Swampscott, Mass.

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James W. von Brunn -- racist, domestic terrorist and anti-Semite -- never knew that when he and his then-wife sold their Lebanon, N.H., home in 1982, they sold it to a Jewish family.

The von Brunns had moved to Maryland before we looked at the house, and he was incarcerated when we bought it, imprisoned for attempting to hold hostage members of the Federal Reserve Board. When we moved in, we realized we'd bought it from an anti-Semite survivalist because he'd left behind several boxes of anti-Jewish books. We immediately added them to the trash.

Anyway, James W. von Brunn, we want you to know we took great pleasure in living there despite the hate-filled man who occupied it before we did. We celebrated Passover Seders, exchanged Hanukkah gifts and raised two wonderful Jewish children there.

GAIL CHADWICK


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