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Apology letter from residents of Bonbaden, Germany, addressed to Margot K. Stern

Document | Accession Number: 2017.278.1

Letter (two leaves, four pages), written and signed by the residents of the village of Bonbaden (part of city of Braunfels), in Hessen, Germany, 9 November 2008, containing an apology to Margot K. Stern and her family, former Jewish residents of Bonbaden, who fled their village and homeland because of antisemitic persecution during the Nazi era. The letter, written following a Christian worship service commemorating the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht in Bonbaden, expresses remorse for the persecution of Jews in Bonbaden during that era, acknowledges the pain that Stern’s family experienced, and expresses shame at the failure of the Christian churches there to have stood with and helped persecuted Jews during those years. The letter concludes with the wish that these thoughts might contribute to the relief of some of the pain that Mrs. Stern had felt, and wishes her peace. The letter contains over 110 signatures of residents of Bonbaden who had attended the event.

creation:  2008
1 folder
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Margot K. Stern
Record last modified: 2021-11-09 11:24:43
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