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Thu Jun 6, 2024, 12:24 AM Jun 6

Tree of Life exhibit sparks talk of guns and hate in Senate rotunda [View all]

Jason and Andrea Fackler of Louisville arrived in Washington this week on summer vacation to show their three young children “how the country works,” including a tour of Capitol Hill.

But in the marble rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building on Wednesday, the Facklers encountered a somber reminder of one way in which the nation is broken — an exhibit marking the mass killing at the Tree of Life synagogue in 2018 in which an antisemitic gunman slaughtered 11 congregants.

Andrea, 39, pushing a stroller that her younger child was not using at that moment, moved her hand across a glass case containing a siddur — a Jewish prayer book — ripped by a bullet. Her 11-year-old daughter Kelsey took a look, too, before turning to read one of 18 panels narrating the attack and its aftermath.

“When do you expose them to this? Do I really want to spend time talking about the sadness of this?” said Jason Fackler, 39, pointing to Kelsey, 9-year-old Kennedy and 5-year old Kaden.


A Jewish prayer book known as a siddur is seen with a bullet hole among other artifacts.
© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post


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