Hitler yearbook quotes shock community

June 13, 2006 at 4:53 PM
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LONG ISLAND, N.Y., June 13 (UPI) -- A New York high school's yearbook that includes quotes from Adolf Hitler has a Long Island neighborhood reeling, it was reported Tuesday.

Northport High School officials say they intend to remove the quotes accompanying the photos of seniors Christopher Koulermos and Philip Compton, New York's Newsday reported.

"It's our responsibility and we failed miserably," Principal Irene McLaughlin said, "The fact that the book went out in the form it did was a grave mistake on our part."

The quotes were taken from Hitler's "Mein Kampf," with Koulermos using the quote "Strength lies not in defense but attack" and Compton contributing "The great masses of people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."

While both students had no comment, school officials said they did not believe the students meant to be offensive.

"I don't think they understood the ramifications," McLaughlin told Newsday.

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