Defying Hate, Visitors Return to Holocaust Museum

Museum staff 'more dedicated than ever' after guard's murder
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2009 2:17 AM CDT
A picture of guard Stephen T. Johns and flowers, are placed near the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington yesterday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – The National Holocaust Museum opened its doors again yesterday after a day of mourning for slain security guard Stephen Johns and hundreds of visitors lined up for admission, the Washington Post reports. Visitors, including families and school groups from around the country, spoke of their determination to defy the hatred and intolerance of white supremacist James von Brunn, who has been charged with shooting Johns.

"It's important to come back, because if you don't, they win," said one teen who was in the building when the shooting began Wednesday. Most of the groups whose trips were canceled after the shooting have now rescheduled, according to the museum's director. "As grief-stricken as we are, we are now more dedicated than ever to carry out our work," she said.