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Seized Nazi Gun Displayed In Chicago Museum?

Seized Nazi Gun Displayed In Chicago Museum?



what's a military museum without firearms of yesteryear Chicago alderman Edward Burke introduced an ordinance last week that would allow museums in the Windy City to possess and display unloaded guns classified as curios or relics after learning that the Pritzker military library and other City museums are currently banned from including them in exhibits if passed the museum's president and CEO told foxnews.com it would allow its estimated 15,000 annual visitors to see a significant World War 2 artifact personally returned stateside from a now-deceased u.s. army officer alderman Burke heard our story about this and really came to the same conclusion we did there's really no clear code for museums Ken Clark said Tuesday and because of the lack of clarity we haven't taken any chances so rather than hope for the best we wanted to do this properly a German valter pages 765 millimeter handgun donated to the museum by relatives of US Army Major General William p Levine one of the highest ranking Jewish generals in American history is currently kept in a safe along with a dozen other hand guns at a gun range in suburban Lambert where they are exempt from the Chicago firearms ordinance Clark said Levine who obtained the semi-automatic pistol from a Nazi officer during world war two was among the first allied soldiers to liberate the Dachau concentration camp in 1945 his relatives donated his uniform military papers and artifacts including the handgun to the pritzker military library following his death at age 97 in March but the historically significant firearm remains outside Chicago limits in a way from visitors ice general Levine had the very unique experience of interviewing both captors and captives at Dachau as a US intelligence officer Clark said so when you actually have a story attached to Levine the historical value goes through the roof for us it means a heck of a lot historically under Burke's proposal which was formally introduced on Wednesday Chicago museums would be permitted to display unloaded firearms like Levin's firearm if classified as curios and relics which are defined by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives as firearms that are at least 50 years old certified by the curator of a municipal state or federal museum or any gun that derives a substantial part of its monetary value from rare features or associations with historical figures periods or events Chicago is home to several world-class museums Burke said in a statement and it has come to my attention that such an exemption is reasonably warranted to allow such institutions to display unloaded firearms that often accompany uniforms and other historical artifacts lavigne with the permission from US military officials brought the handgun back to the United States after 30 years in the Army Reserve his experiences at the concentration camp near Munich reportedly haunted him for nearly four decades after the war every time he'd talk about it when he'd come to the sentence and then I came to Dachau he'd break down his wife rota told the Chicago Tribune in April he couldn't get that sentence out without the vivid memory of it that choked him up 95 Levine told the newspaper he ultimately began to share his experiences to local high school and college students as well as with visitors at the Illinois Holocaust Museum as a way to educate others about the atrocities of war for me the most important and effective method of preventing another Holocaust is truth in education Levine said


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