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Historical accuracy: the importance of spelling

This article was written in response to Nicole Ferrito’s article, “Holocaust education: WWII survivor speaks,” published on Nov. 13.

When I attended Vera Goodkin’s speech at the Education Building last week, I became very emotionally invested because I have family who shared many of the experiences she had. As such, I am extremely grateful that you were willing to give the story a mention on the front page of the latest issue of The Signal.

However, I must make note of a small, but serious issue that I have with the content of the article. The article (twice) references to the name of the person who helped save Goodkin from the holding prisons in Budapest: Raoul Wallenberg. Unfortunately, the article has his named misspelled as “Raul Walenberg.”

While I know this was completely unintentional and maybe not worthy of a reprint/redaction, etc., I would like to go on record as stating that Wallenberg is an honored historical figure and hero in virtually every Holocaust memorial and Genocide prevention organization in the world.

While Goodkin’s discussion about Wallenberg on a personal level may have made this fact less obvious, out of respect to a historical figure who personally saved the lives of tens of thousands of people, I would humbly ask to AT LEAST make those changes on your website — which features the same misspellings.

In all fairness, no one would ever want to be caught misspelling “Abraham Lincoln,” “Barack Obama” or “George Washington” — so to me at least it would be very unfortunate to let Wallenberg, who did so much for human rights and genocide prevention, be the first.

Please note that I am not requesting this out of moral outrage or political correctness, but so I can help properly honor somebody who personally saved the lives of many of my family members as well.


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