Bigotry still thrives

It takes little more than a bigoted crackpot such as James W. Von Brunn, alleges killer of black Holocaust Museum guard Stephen Tyler Johns, to remind us that white supremacy and anti-Semitism are alive and well in mainstream America.

Johns, a husband and father of one, was shot to death during an attack at the museum.

Von Brunn, a self-acknowledged neo-Nazi accused of the killing, has been quoted as hating what he describes as low IQ non-whites and is a stereotypical Nazi sympathizer who argues that the Holocaust never existed. All the documentation and evidence refuting his position, preserved at the museum, notwithstanding.

It has been pointed out and said by others that we are among the last generation who will be guided through the concentration camps by those who survived them, and it will be very easy to forget or distort the entire period once all who lived through it are gone.

Loren Feldman, Sabattus

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 's picture

Veritas that's not changing

Veritas that's not changing history that's making history.

 's picture

Agreed. There have been many

Agreed. There have been many crackpots who have changed history. There have always been and there will always be, those who refuse to acknowledge the atrocity that was the Holocaust. But there have been similar events even in recent times, yet we don't always hear of them.

Armenians in Turkey: 1915-1918 - 1,500,000
Stalin's forced famine: 1932-1933 - 7,000,000
Rape of Nanking: 1937-1938 - 300,000
Nazi Holocaust: 1938-1945 - 6,000,000
Pol Pot Cambodia: 1975-1979 - 2,000,000
Rwanda: 1944 - 800,000
Bosnia: 1992 - 1995 - 200,000
Darfur: NOW - 300,000 to 400,000

And this list is by no means all inclusive. It is imperative that we not only remember ourselves, but that we teach our children about these events.

RONALD RIML's picture

So kj doesn't think a few

So kj doesn't think a few 'crackpots' would ever be able to change history? What about a mere corporal in the German Army during World War I? A man of insignificant rank and influence, brooding over defeat in 1919... Twenty years later this man, Adolph Hitler, invaded Europe and embarked upon the Holocaust.
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Is this a news article or a

Is this a news article or a LTO? The by-line says Cameron Churchill and it is signed by Loren Feldman.
I don't agree with your letter Loren. I don't think a few crack-pots will be able to change history. There's always going to be crack-pots around no matter what generation you're in.

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