June 11th, 2009
07:18 PM ET

Holocaust Museum: America at its Best

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/06/11/museum.shooting/art.museum.entrance.cnn.jpg caption="The entrance to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum where Wednesday's shooting took place."]

Michael Berenbaum

From its inception, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has regarded itself — and been regarded by others — as a high priority target, and for good reason. Though not a Jewish institution, but a government institution, it is one of the most visible institutions that reflect the prominence of American Jewry — its creators — and the most central American institution dealing with the Holocaust.

For the past 15 years, the museum has spent significant resources on security and held itself to the highest standards. Its security staff is very professional, very well trained and armed. Such professionalism and training showed itself today in the swiftness of their response. Lives were saved. There may have been as many as 2,000 people in the museum when the gunman entered. We deeply mourn the death of Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, a six-year veteran of the museum’s security staff, and salute his colleagues for their immediate and effective response.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Tracy

    We still as a people have learned nothing. Does anyone remember Rwanda? Or the current situation in Darfur? We continue to repeat the mistakes of the past.

    We continue to.

    June 12, 2009 at 11:25 am |

    The menatality (or lack thereof) of white racist people totally blows me away. Do they have no concept of the interconnectiveness of humanity?
    We depend on people throughout the world for goods, services, theories,
    education, entertainment, & on & on it goes. If we all looked & acted alike what a boring, monotinous place earth would be. I believe the variety in nature (which encompasses the diversity found in human races) should
    evoke our awe and wonder...............Finally in times like these when I read/hear about white racist antics, it makes me feel genuinely embarrassed to be caucasian!

    June 12, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  3. Martin Vestal

    CNN shown a map of all hate group in the U.S. But they left out Alaska here its worse.

    June 12, 2009 at 2:11 am |
  4. Al

    Questioning a topic such as Holocuast does not mean that you are a hateful person. You people have to stop insulting other people who think differently from you.

    June 11, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  5. Al

    Why do you people use the phrase "hate group" to address minorities’ worries and opinions? This is stereotyping and stereotyping is a crime against minorities? you cannot push people around with your name calling strategy of smearing other people who think differently from you .

    June 11, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  6. Genette

    Not in your country but watch and I think I have a right to have a comment about your Racism.
    This man that took his greivences to the place where his hate was at highest point.
    He was not comming out again. This was his last fight agains the country that he loved.

    June 11, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  7. Isabel, Brazil

    I read that the Holocaust Museum in DC has no intention of questioning "why" the Holocaust happened, but tries to respond thoroughly "how" happened.

    For permanently to silence the statements of the revisionist anti-Semites who want to "prove" that the Holocaust didn't happen, in their exhibitions, the museum limit itself strictly to the original material and with provenance legitimate.

    While there are still people who deny the Holocaust, the museum is living proof of history. Because this that the museum is targeted.

    June 11, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  8. Davis

    Proliferation of racism in the U.S., and around the world is an example of deteriorating intelligence, or the lack thereof.

    June 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  9. Mike in NYC

    Why are there Holocaust museums in the US to being with, considering that this country didn't kill any Jews, and helped bring WWII to an end?

    "Holocaust overload"? Yes, you could say that.

    Not to overly strain a metaphor, but if one pie in the face is funny, ten pies aren't necessarily so.

    Jews, most of whom are relative newcomers to this country, might want to consider that many American Whites might not like being lectured to 24/7. There are also many blacks who feel that Jews have had selfish motives for promoting their cause.

    June 11, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    It seems that for people filled with hate just the fact that the earth and its populations continue to move forward fill them with rage. I'm sure Obama's election, his different approach to foreign policy, most American's pride of the First Family would all enrage him – change is an enemy to him. Right now as we used to sing in the 60s the "times they are a changing" and even those who don't want change can either accept the changes or be marginalized by their inability to bend in the direction progress is taking us.

    June 11, 2009 at 7:41 pm |