Emmanuel Hahn would likely turn over in his grave if possible. The recent news of his Boys of Malvern memorial statue, took a new twist today when a former student, named Jim McKnight stepped forward and confessed to having vandalized the statue, over 40 years ago.
McKnight was a 17 year old youth at the time. He is a United Church Minister now. When McKnight heard the recent stories of the desecration of the memorial he decided to go public with the hope that his story would provide an important lesson for the most recent youths who trivialized the statue with tape.
McKnight told of a Malvern teacher meeting with him after he committed the act, and explaining its importance. The teacher's brothers name was on the statue - for he had given his life as one of the Boys of Malvern.
Picture: Emmanuel Otto Hahn
Article News Source: CBC, 'The National'. November 10.2011
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