Bernard Falkenberg is a distant relative of mine (“Finding a righteous gentile,” February 15). I am glad to see this article and I am proud to be German-American. Germany’s history and people share a heritage extending hundreds of years prior to the tyranny of Hitler and continues today both in America and in Germany. My great uncle, Roy T. Falkenberg, fought for the U.S. at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. During the 9/11 attacks, there was one entire family lost; they were aboard Flight 77. It was a family named Falkenberg, and their oldest daughter was named Zoe Falkenberg. At the time, my wife was pregnant with our firstborn child. Many friends called to inquire about the Falkenbergs who perished in the attack. We chose to name our newborn daughter Zoe Falkenberg. We now have four children.

I understand the affinity with world tragedy that many Jews feel. Thank you for this article and for the opportunity to share my sentiments.