Editor’s note: We regret the error.
Originally published in The Commons issue #164 (Wednesday, August 8, 2012).
I am writing in reference to Thelma O’Brien’s interview with William Leons [July 25].
I found the article to be very interesting and informative. William Leons and his wife, Kim, are currently my neighbors, so we have become friends, and he has shared some of his story with us.
There is one notable error in reporting that I feel compelled to report.
As a child of 6 during the German occupation of Rotterdam, his mother warned him if he were in danger, to go immediately to the “green grocer’s store” and he would be helped. The owner of the “green grocer” helped hide Bill during the war.
The “green vehicles” and “green vans” referenced in the article (which were actually black) belonged to the Dutch police.
I hope that the public will reread the article with this correction in mind.
Norma Shakun, Brattleboro
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