August 7, 2012
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM STATEMENT ON SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTING BY ALLEGED NEO-NAZI
WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum expresses outrage at the attack against the Sikh community in Wisconsin by an alleged neo-Nazi.
“The perpetrator of this heinous act was reportedly motivated by neo-Nazi ideology,” said Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield. “It is a shocking reminder that more than 65 years after the defeat of Nazism, ideas of racial supremacy and hatred still pose a serious threat, requiring ongoing vigilance. The Museum suffered a terrible loss when our special police officer Stephen Tyrone Johns was murdered by someone espousing beliefs similar to those of Sunday’s shooter. We offer our deepest condolences to the victims, their families, and to the entire Sikh community.”
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