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‘Resting Places’ series thoughtful, moving

To the editor:

I would like to thank Larry Parnass for his excellent series of articles which chronicled Yoko Kato’s ordeal and eventual recovery, or at least acceptance, of the loss of her daughter and grandchild to murderous violence.

Some of Yoko’s recovery came through her own activism against domestic violence, behavior we well understand.

My wife, Marty Nathan, lost her first husband to gunfire from the Ku Klux Klan in an attack on an anti-Klan rally in Greensboro, N.C., in 1979 where five anti-Klan demonstrators were murdered.

It took six years for justice to be partially served, leading to a judgment against the city of Greensboro. These funds were used to provide small grants to civil rights groups in the South; the tradition continues in our community in western Massachusetts through the Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice.

Both Marty and I very much appreciated the detailed, thoughtful, and moving series of articles in “Resting Places.”

It is the compassion of our community, manifested in part by the Daily Hampshire Gazette, that makes living here such a joy.

Elliot Fratkin


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