Glenview State Bank executives apologized to Jewish people on the bank's Web site Tuesday night, after a bank newsletter to customers praised Adolf Hitler as an economic leader of the 1930s.
"We sincerely apologize for this error. We did not intend to offend anyone. Please forgive us for this mistake," the 83-year-old suburban bank said Tuesday. It said it received "many" letters and phone calls from upset people.
The bank's president, Dave Raub, who wrote the offending newsletter, has now acknowledged that
- The problem with this particular [newsletter] was that you can't address the topic I addressed and divorce it from the rest of the story of Germany in the '30s and Hitler's regime, which was, of course, based on terror and mass murder. That was the genesis of the mistake.
I guess the folks he usually hangs out with aren't so, so... touchy on the subject of Adolf Hitler, so he didn't really know what to expect.