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Trapp, too stunned to speak:  Silence on the line.  Then clears his

throat.  "That's OK.  That's nice of you, but I've got that covered.

Thanks anyway.  But don't call this number anymore."

Weisser:  "I'll be in touch."

Narrator:  During a later call, Trapp admitted that he was "rethinking a

few things."  But then he went back on the radio spewing the same old

hatreds.  Furious, Weisser picked up the phone.

Weisser:  "Larry, I thought you were going to change your tune, but it's

clear you're not rethinking anything at all!  You are a liar and

hypocrite.  How can you spout those old lies when you know what they


Trapp: "I'm sorry I did that.  I've been talking like that all of my

life....I can't help it....I'll apologize!"

Narrator:  That evening the cantor led his congregation in prayers for

the grand dragon.

Next day the phone rang at the Weissers' home.

Trapp:  "I want to get out, but I don't know how."

Weisser:  “What if we come over tonight to ‘break bread.’?"

Trapp, hesitating, then:  "OK.  Apartment No. 3."

Narrator:  “When the Weissers entered Trapp's apartment, he burst into

tears and tugged off his two swastika rings.  Soon all three were

crying, then laughing, then hugging.

Trapp resigned from all his racist organizations and wrote apologies to

the many people he had threatened or abused.  Two months later he

learned that he had less than a year to live.  That night the Weissers

invited him to move into their two bedroom/three children home.  They

converted their living room into his sickroom, and when his condition

deteriorated, Julie quit her job as a nurse to care for him, sometimes

all night (show her caring for him).  Six months later he converted to

Judaism; three months after that he died.  (O’Reilly, D., “Converting

the Klansman,” Philadelphia Enquirer, April 9, 1995, H1, 6.  This is a

summary based on Kathryn Watterson, Not by the Sword (New York: Simon &

Schuster, 1995), which tells the story in detail.)

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Chilean Torture.  Setting:   Narrator: “This is a story of the people of

Chile.  It was the time when Chile was dominated by the police state of

General Pinochet.  One of the ways Chilian resistors found to engage in

nonviolent efforts against the Pinochet regime were ‘Lightning

Demonstrations.’   These were aimed at exposing torture by the police.

People in the resistance discovered the houses where people were being

tortured.  They figured out precisely how long it would take the police

to get there.  Then, walking innocuously from all directions, the

demonstrators suddenly converged on the torture house [Do so], unfurl a

long banner that says, “Torture Happens Here,” chant the same message.

Then, just before the police arrive, the demonstrators drop their signs

and disperse as they had come, in all directions, walking casually

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